Trans Day of Visibility: Joyland TBC

A young woman and man facing toward each other in a narrow alleyway.
31 March
Arc Cinema
$18 / $12
Dir: Saim Sadiq, TBC, Pakistan, 2022, 127mins, DCP,

This Transgender Day of Visibility, the NFSA and A Gender Agenda are hosting a special screening of Joyland.

In the heart of the metropolitan yet conservative city of Lahore lives the Rana family, a lower middle-class joint family comprising of patriarch, elder son and pregnant wife with three daughters, and the youngest son Haider (Ali Junejo) and his wife Mumtaz (Rasti Farooq).

As the Rana family eagerly anticipates the birth of a baby boy to continue their family line, Haider secretly starts a job as a background dancer at an erotic theatre where he is drawn to an ambitious trans starlet, Biba (Alina Khan). Slowly yet suddenly, Haider and Biba are engulfed in a secret summer romance which surreptitiously takes over his home, unravelling the dichotomy between desire and morality for the entire Rana family.

'Sadiq's debut impresses with its sensitive storytelling and vibrant visuals' – Variety
'Joyland is such a delicate, intelligent and emotionally rich film. What a debut from Sadiq' – The Guardian

All donations from this event will be going to Encampment – a two-day overnight camp for LGBTQIA+ young people facilitated by mentors aged 18-25 who are trained and supported by A Gender Agenda and Meridian. The aim of Encampment is to bring local LGBTQIA+ young people together, to support participants to navigate their gender identities and sexualities, and strengthen their connection to the community. 



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