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Dia

A film by Hamza Bangash

Pakistan, United Kingdom
24 min. 2018
71st Locarno International Film Festival

DIRECTOR
Hamza Bangash

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Mina Husain

PRODUCERS
Carol Noronha

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

SYNOPSIS

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.

PRESS

>Bangash’s film is affecting on the social front and lasting on the mind,
taking a common struggle and revealing its vulnerable humanity for a cause.
Jessica Pena, JumpCut Online

>Fantastic and horrifying.
Thibaud Ducret, Film Exposure

>In a matter of 20 odd minutes, Dia gets in your head and refuses to leave. It makes you question how psychological illness is still a taboo in Pakistani society”
Asjad Khan, Hip in Pakistan

SCREENINGS & AWARDS

Audience Award | Best Short Film | Locarno Shorts Week 2020
71st Locarno International Film Festival | August 2018 | Switzerland
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