Pakistani Film ‘Darling’ Bags Award At Venice Film Festival

Pakistani film-maker Saim Sadiq’s Darling bagged an award at the Venice Film Festival and was the first Pakistani film to be screened at the the world’s oldest film festival.

Darling, set in a dance theatre in Lahore, revolves around a young boy and a trans girl. It is the first ever Pakistani film to be an official selection and screen at any of the ‘Big Three’ film festivals. This is a term used for the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. The film’s cast includes upcoming actor Mehar Bano and Nadia Afgan. The main characters are Shani, played by Abdullah Malik, and Alina Darling, played by Alina Khan – a trans girl from Lahore who makes her acting debut with this film.

Watch Saim’s acceptance speech below:

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