Achievements, Festivals

We are thrilled to announce that Hamza Bangash’s latest short film,  1978, will be having it’s World Premiere in-competition at the Locarno International Film Festival International  2020.

The Locarno Film Festival is considered to be the world capital of auteur cinema. The festival is known to champion art-house films and has launched the careers of some of the world’s most exciting cinematic voices- including Spike Lee and Abbas Kiarostami.

1978 has also been nominated for the prestigious Pardino d’oro for the best international short film as well as the Pardino d’argento.

The film is set in 1978, Karachi. It tells the story of Lenny D’Souza, a rockstar from the Goan-Christian community. With conservative reforms spreading across the nation, Lenny is offered the chance to reinvent himself. He must decide if he can change with the times.


Director-Writer Hamza Bangash on the set of 1978


The film marks the film debut of Karachi Biennale 2019 Curator, Muhammad Zeeshan, in the role of Lenny. Playing the role of a cabaret dancer is accomplished actress, Rubya Chaudry. The director also sought for representation by casting newcomer, Sherwyn Anthony, a member of the Goan-Christian community in the co-lead role of  Thomas D’Souza. Naveed Kamal, a theatre veteran, plays the role of the Disco owner/manager.

1978 is inspired by the real-life experiences of musical legend Norman D’Souza.

The film takes a revealing look at the Karachi of the 1970’s – a city that was once-described as the Paris of the East.

The film is executive produced by first-time film producer and long-time art enthusiast, Rashid Maqsood Hamidi. Hamidi is a former banker who has lived and worked in the Middle East, North and South America. He was excited to produce a film about the Karachi of his youth.

Abid Aziz Merchant, of Sanat Initiative and the SXSW-selected feature film “I’ll Meet You There,” also held the role of executive producer on the film. Merchant is taking on the mantle of becoming a champion of art-house cinema in Pakistan with his feature in development “Wakhri” already a part of Locarno Open Doors 2018 and Cinefondation Festival de Cannes 2019.

Carol Noronha, who served as producer, is also a part of the Goan Christian community. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to tell a story that authentically portrays the challenges faced by the community in the changing cultural climate of the 1970’s.

The film features music by the popular Goan-Christian group The In-Time Band, led by vocalist, Clifford Lucas.

The festival runs from August 5th-15th, 2020.

For further updates follow the film’s official Facebook Page found here. Additional information can be found here.

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