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Stray Dogs Come Out at Night

A film by Hamza Bangash

Pakistan, United Kingdom
11 min. 2019
64th BFI London Film Festival

DIRECTOR
Hamza Bangash

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Mina Husain

PRODUCERS
Carol Noronha

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

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; it 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

-Ritesh Batra, KASHISH 2021 Special Jury Mention

SYNOPSIS

Karachi, Pakistan. Iqbal, a migrant sex worker, 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.

PRESS

>Moving at a poetic pace, Stray Dogs Come Out at Night is a heartrending short balancing its tragedy against enchanting visuals and haunting soundscapes.
Matthaeus Choo, Sinema

>Pure cinema.
Alex Billington, First Showing

>This 11-minute short may centre around some very specific circumstances but has universal appeal through its focus on life,
death and everything in between.
Rob Munday, Short of the Week

>Bangash cuts from a stray meandering on the beach to Iqbal, as he stares at the sea. Other times, Iqbal strolls with his back to camera while the sound of a panting dog is heard. Stray Dogs Come Out At Night brings that parallel together by ending at a moment of change that makes the viewer gasp
Orla Smith, Seventh Row ‘Six Best Shorts at LFF 2020’

SCREENINGS

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