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Unemployed Haider from Pakistan finds a job as a dancer with trans woman Biba. The two begin an affair, which is not without consequences. Winner Queer Palm, Cannes 2022.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.


Pakistani Haider has been unemployed for a long time. Instead, he helps out in the large household formed by his elderly, traditional father, his brother's family and his own wife Mumtaz. She happily works as a beautician, but she has to give up that job when Haider himself finally finds work. He is hired by trans woman Biba to perform as a background dancer with her at an exotic nightclub. Biba exerts a great attraction on him and soon he falls in love with her; the two begin an affair. At the same time, his father demands that he should now provide (male) offspring. Consequently, when Mumtaz becomes pregnant, everyone is happy except for herself and Haider.

In his debut film, director Saim Sadiq offers surprising insights into how social relations and those between the sexes are in Pakistan, without lapsing into schematic 'good-and-evil-thinking'. The result, a nuanced and poetic story, won him the Queer Palm at Cannes, among other awards.