Stray Dogs Come Out at Night (2020)



Karachi, Pakistan.

Iqbal, a ‘maalishwala‘ by profession, cannot come to terms with his illness. He convinces his uncle to take a day trip to the beach, desperate for respite. The Arabian sea beckons.


Official Title: Stray Dogs Come Out at Night
Original Languages: Punjabi
Subtitles: English
TRT: 00:00:11:04 mins
Countries of Production: Pakistan, United Kingdom
Year of Completion: 2020

Festivals | Official Selection | In- Competition :

“To a film that is brave and pathbreaking in its very concept, and despite the courageous journey it takes us on, is enhanced by the simplicity of its narrative; to a film that draws you in for the uniqueness of the story, the vulnerability and honesty of the characters; the Narrative Jury has decided to give a Special mention in the International Narrative Shorts category to the Pakistani film STRAY DOGS COME OUT AT NIGHT directed by Hamza Bangash”
-KASHISH 2021 Special Jury Mention

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020 |  France
BFI: London Film Festival 2020 | UK
Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020 | USA
Tampere International Short Film Festival 2020 | Finland
REGARD International Short Film Festival 2020 | Canada
Fribourg International Film Festival 2020 | Switzerland
Nashville Film Festival 2020 | US
Queer Lisboa FF 2020 | Portugal
BFI: Flare FF 2020 | United Kingdom
Tasveer South Asian Film Festival 2020 | US
Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2020 | US
DC South Asian Film Festival 2020 | US
Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2020 | Canada
Nepal America International Film Festival 2020 | US
South Asian Film Festival of Montreal 2020 | Canada
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival 2020 | Canada
Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2020 | Canada
Singapore Mental Health Festival 2020 | Singapore
Dharamshala International Film Festival 2020 | India
Lovers Film Festival 2020 | Italy
Art200 Film Festival 2020 | Romania
DIALOGUES: Calcutta International LGBTQIA Film & Video Festival 2020 | India
Jaffna International Cinema Festival 2020 | Sri Lanka
Divvy Film Festival 2020 | Pakistan
Reelout Queer Film Festival 2021 | Canada
Bangkok Ignite Film Festival / Groundbreakers 2021 | Thailand
Mardi Gras Film Festival 2021 | Australia
Portland International Film Festival 2021 | USA
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2021 | India | Special Jury Mention
London Indian Film Festival 2021 | United Kingdom
Slovak Queer Film Festival 2021 | Slovakia



Written, Directed and Edited by: Hamza Bangash

Mohammad Ali Hashmi as Iqbal
Adnan Shah Tipu as Khurrum

Executive Producer:  Mina Husain
Producer:  Carol Noronha
Dialogues:   Mohammad Ali Hashmi
Cinematography:  Yasir Khan
Production Design:  Huzaifa Khan
Sound Designer:  Odinn Ingibergsson
Location Sound:  Faraz Qamar
Assistant Director:  Nabeel Ahmed
1st Assistant Camera:  Zeeshan Saeed Barvi
SFX Make-up:  Danial Shahzad Khan
Locations:  Abubaker Kadu, Waqas Sharif
Colourist:  Shahzeb Hussain
VFX:  Bilal Ghouri
Titles Designer:  Sila Mahdi

Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning
Afshan Qureshi
Ameer Bux
Nida Khan & Onion The Dog
Parwas Male Health Society
Ali Asgar
Mohammad Moiz
Saim Sadiq
Seemab Gul
Rami Andari
Rubina & Fatima Hashmi
Omar & Fowzia Bangash
Delphine Jeanneret
Stefano Knuchel
Asian Film Academy
Locarno Filmmakers Academy