Dia (2018)


Mariam is determined to escape her conservative family by pursuing a secret online romance. When her mother suggests an arranged marriage, she refuses, saying she needs time. With the clock ticking, her romance takes a dark twist, revealing the extremes that Mariam will go to keep her relationship alive.


Official Title: Dia
Original Languages: Urdu, English
Subtitles: English
TRT: 00:23:54 mins
Countries of Production: Pakistan, United Kingdom
Year of Completion: 2018


Audience Award | Best Short Film | Locarno Shorts Week 2020


World Premiere at the 71st edition of the Locarno Film Festival | August 2018 | Switzerland

Official Selection In – Competition:

Batumi Art-House International Film Festival | September 2018 | Georgia
Riga International Film Festival | October 2018 | Latvia
Torino Short Film Market | November 2018 | Italy
Vancouver South Asian International Film Festival | November 2018 | Canada
Next International Film Festival | December 2018 | Romania
Dhaka International Film Festival | January 2019 | Bangladesh
Jaipur International Film Festival | January 2019 | India
London Short Film Festival | January 2019 | United Kingdom
International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) | May 2019 | Canada .
Zero MM Film Festival of Asia | January 2019 | Pakistan, Singapore, Nepal
Berlin Art Week | Sept 2019 | Germany
Divvy Film Festival | Dec 2020 | Pakistan
Gandhara International Film Festival | Jan 2021 | Pakistan



Written, Directed and Edited by: Hamza Bangash

Nida Khan as Mariam Nadeem
Bakhtawar Mazhar as Fariha Nadeem
Zarrar Khan as Bilal Nadeem
Ibadullah Sheikh as The Spiritual Healer
Umar Mughal as Asad and
Mohammad Ali Hashmi as The Voice of Asad

Executive Producer:  Mina Husain
Producers:  Till Passow & Carol Noronha
Co-Writer:   Mohammad Ali Hashmi
Cinematography:  Yasir Khan
Production Design:  Huzaifa Khan
Sound Designer:  Odinn Ingibergsson
Location Sound:  Faraz Qamar
Original Score:  Jo Paterson
Opening Track:  Salman Ahmed
1st Assistant Camera:  Asad Shahbaz
2nd Camera Assistant:  Saleem Rajput
Production Assistant:  Liaquat Zaman
Colourist:  Shahzeb Hussain
Make-up Artists:  Tauseef Ahmed & Krish
Graphic Designer:  Aziza Ahmed

Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning
United Kingdom Medical Aid to Pakistan
Goethe Institut Pakistan
Prince Claus Fund
Omair Husain
Rakshi Memon
Afshan Qureshi
Seemab Gul
Hadi Bin Arshad