Rani is one of the six diverse stories from India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and South Korea. The event is free and open to public.Dr. Akanksha Mehta, Lecturer in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths will be introducing the films. The event will take place in the university premises at the 11th of February 2019 from 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm. Other films which have made it to the prestigious list are Sisak and Devi (India) It's Easier To Raise Cattle (Malaysia) Uninvited (South Korea) and What I Would've Told My Daughter If from (Philippines).
Cinema in Pakistan is on the verge of defining its shape and producing various new talents frequently, after years of developing films of lowest common denominator, we have succeeded in showcasing content with more depth and professionalism.
'Rani' continues to gather accolades all across the globe. The short film grabbed a dozen of milestones in 2018 under its kitty. To name a few it won the outstanding writer award at the prestigious NBC Universal Short Film Festival in Los Angeles, Fox Inclusion Award at Outfest LA and has been screened at numerous festivals, including the Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, New York Asian American Film Festival and Seattle Tasveer. It seems as there is no stopping to this one in 2019, as the film is all set to premiere officially on the 3rd of March at the 10th Karachi Literature Festival and viewers can enjoy live streaming at Hulu as well.
Rani is a tale of a socially outcast transgender woman played by 'Kami Sid' who makes a living by selling toys on the streets of Karachi. She sets out to take care of an abandoned child and tackles the social challenges prevalent in the society.
It aims to change the mindset of people that transgenders are more than props dancing at weddings and utilized as sex workers. It is written and directed by an award winning filmmaker based in the US Hammad Rizvi, produced by GrayScale and Rizvilia productions, the film stars Kami Sid, Maaz Khan and Hina Pathani.
Back in the day there was no respectful language for transgender people. It' not easy to face the world when you are constantly being looked down upon for your sexuality. Almost every other transgender person has to face the abusive behavior in the society they live in. Unlike all of us, a transgender career path is not simple and straight, for they have to make extra efforts to be accepted in the world of 'commoners'. To prove them efficient enough, people like Kami Sid choose to take the tough path in order to make their lives better.
Sid is an ardent activist for Pakistan’s transgender community, despite threats, prejudice and the concerns of her family. Until Rani, she made headlines when she shot with photographer Haseeb M Siddique to consider transgenders at least humans and utilize them as productive members of the society.