Joyland (15) + Archive short – Beyond the Page


Joyland (15) + Archive short – Beyond the Page

Thursday 16th May 2024

The Box are thrilled to bring you a short South Asian film season to celebrate their current exhibition ‘Beyond The Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now’.

Co-curated with students and community members from the South Asian Diaspora and Plymouth Arts Cinema, the film season reflects some of the best contemporary and 20th Century films from the Indian sub-continent. In addition to the main feature, each showing will begin with a short film from The Box’s archive collections, introduced by a member of the co-curation team.

Joyland (15)

Dir. Saim Sadiq, Pakistan, 2022, 126 mins, in Urdu with English subtitles. Cast. Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Ali Junejo.

A conservative family in Pakistan is torn apart when a son falls in love with a transgender dancer, in director Saim Sadiq’s riveting queer drama. Set in bustling Lahore, the Ranases are, on the surface, a functional, patriarchal family. The household is made up of Abbas, the elderly father, the older brother, Saleem and his wife Nucchi, and younger brother Haider and his wife Mumtaz. When Haider gets a job in a theatre as a backup dancer for trans starlet, Biba, and starts secretly dating her, everything changes, and the cracks that have always been there, tear the family apart.

For detailed information about the film's age rating and content notices, you can visit the BBFC website and search the film title, then scroll down to the “Content Advice” section:

Dates & Times

 Thursday 16th May 2024  8:30pm Intro
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