We are thrilled to announce that Hamza Bangash’s latest short film, Bhai, will be having it’s World Premiere in-competition at the Toronto International Film Festival 2021 (TIFF).
TIFF is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world. In 1998, Variety magazine acknowledged that TIFF “is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars, and market activity”. This is the result of the festival’s ability and reputation for generating “Oscar buzz”. This year’s festival includes the World Premiere of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and has announced Pakistani-British actor Riz Ahmed as president of the platform films jury.
According to the TIFF website, “Bhai is set amid the bustle of Karachi on Pakistan’s Independence Day. The tumultuous events portrayed in Hamza Bangash’s bracing, tension-filled drama widen the gulf of understanding between two brothers.”
Director-Writer Hamza Bangash on the set of Bhai
The film marks the film debut of Ayan Javaid, a Karachi-based differently-abled teenaged who essays the lead role. In the co-lead is Mohammad Ali Hashmi, also known for his work in the festival darling, Stray Dogs Comes Out at Night.
The film is executive produced by UK-based film producer Mina Husain and Canadian producer, Salman Ahmed. It is co-produced by Taskeen and Westbury Group.
The festival runs from September 9th-18th, 2021.