Short film RANI will be shown at various places in Pakistan
Short film RANI will be shown at various places in Pakistan

Short film RANI will be shown at various places in Pakistan

The award winning short film will be premiering in KLF'19, and will be shown in Pakistani Cinemas soon

Updated 16 Feb, 2019 08:52pm

Last year brought short film Rani, starring transgender model and activist Kami Sid, a lot of recognition internationally. It won a European award the International Queer Film Festival in Germany as well as the Outstanding Writer Award at the prestigious NBC Universal Short Film Festival in Los Angeles along with numerous other accolades in various film festivals worldwide. The film is now finally ready to premiere in Pakistan in March this year following which it will be shown at various places nationally.

The CEO of Grayscale, who produced the short film revealed this news a few days back that Rani will be premiering on the 3rd March at the 10th Karachi Literature Festival and after that it was planned that the film will be screened at multiple places in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. Yesterday, it was revealed that it will also be screened at the Dorab Patel Auditorium of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, in Lahore, on the 10th of March hosted by Lahore Biennale Foundation. There will also be screenings hosted by Goethe Institute, T2F, Social Sciences Club of IBA - Institute of Business Administration, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, The Lyceum, and special "Accessible Screenings" for the students of Deaf Reach! More partners and screening dates are going to be announced soon.

Rani Makes it to Final Six of NBC Universal Short Film Festival!

Rani is a story that showcases the journey of a Pakistani transgender who adopts and sets out to take care of an unwanted baby. Rani indulges in many socially unacceptable activities for earning her livelihood and earns money by selling toys. The plot and story has a lot to offer and it reflects on so many aspects related to a community that is largely ignored or treated differently in our society. It also shows the struggles and obstacles she faces as she becomes a mother of an adopted child.

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Pakistani film Rani has just won the Outstanding Writer Award at the prestigious NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, in Los Angeles. In attendance at the star studded event were Director Hammad Rizvi and Lead Actress Kami Sid - who was dressed exclusively in a dress designed by Deepak and Fahad. Rani is a unique story about a transgender Pakistani woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned child. Written and directed by Hammad Rizvi, the film stars Kami Sid, Maaz Khan and Hina Pathani. It has been produced by Akbar Allana and Sara Siddiqi. The film has previously won the Fox Inclusion Award at Outfest LA, and has screened at numerous festivals including Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, New York Asian American Film Festival, Seattle Tasveer, and many more. After filming, the lead actress Kami Sid became Pakistan's first trans model. She is an equal rights leader and ambassador for the region's LGBTQ community. Hammad Rizvi is a Pakistani-American writer and director, currently working in Los Angeles. Having lived in various parts of the world, his films often tackle topics that are as diverse as they are raw. Hammad holds an MFA from UT-Austin and is working towards his first feature film. GrayScale is an award winning boutique film production company, with an unparalleled reputation for creating high quality, accessible and thought provoking films. Their films have won accolades worldwide, whilst challenging stigmas such as mental health, addiction, transgender issues, and persons with disabilities in Pakistan. #GrayScaleFilmTV #RaniShortFilm #HammadRizvi #KamiSid #NBCUShortsFest

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The movie has made all of us Pakistanis extremely proud with all the achievements it has brought so far at the international level. As the Karachi premiere draws closer and as it is all set to be shown at various places in Pakistan, we all hope that it will get more love and recognition now at the national level.