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Bhai (Brothers)

A film by Hamza Bangash
Pakistan, United Kingdom, Canada
7 min. 2021
47th Toronto International Film Festival
Short Cuts Competition

DIRECTOR
Hamza Bangash

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Mina Husain
Salman Ahmed

CO – PRODUCERS
Taha Sabri
Westbury Group

​​PRODUCERS
Carol Noronha

PRODUCTION COMPANIES
CityLights Media
Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (P.I.L.L)
Taskeen

Bhai packs a punch with its compelling, slice-of-life storyline and naturalistic performances.With a nuanced screenplay and precise directorial choices, it makes for a powerful watch.

– Céline Roustan

SYNOPSIS

On Pakistan’s Independence Day, two teenage boys go out to celebrate at a fast food restaurant – when a dancing monkey interrupts.

PRESS

> Set over seven minutes outside a restaurant, Hamza Bangash’s Bhai uses a fleeting moment in time to establish a complex relationship between brothers. Through brief yet strong impressions of their inner lives, Bhai shows plenty of depth below its chaotic surface.
C.J. Prince , Seventh Row

> A deeply moving narrative about two brothers, with one being on the autism spectrum, the short deals with shame, trauma, brotherhood and the underlying complexities of it all
Unnati Saini, Platform India

> Bhai is a welcome and powerful addition to the representation of neurodivergent people in Pakistani media.
Soomal Haleem, Dawn Images

> Top 10 South Asian Films of 2021, Bhai is a reflection on inclusivity
Meenakshi Shedde, Mid-day India

SCREENINGS & AWARDS

Toronto International Film Festival | 2021 | Canada
Dharamshala International Film Festival | 2021 | India
Kingston Canadian Film Festival | 2022 | Canada
Short of the Week | Virtual Premiere | 2022 | Canada
Norwegian Short Film Festival | 2022 | Norway
London Indian Film Festival | 2022 | United Kingdom