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Pakistan | 2014 | 93 minutes | Afia Nathaniel

In the mountains of northern Pakistan, a mother and her 10-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s arranged wedding to an aging tribal leader, with the mother’s husband and the suitor’s henchmen hot on their trail. Producer Cordelia Stephens scheduled to attend.

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In the isolated mountains of northern Pakistan, 10-year-old Zainab (Saleha Aref) has been promised to Tor Gul (Abdullah Jaan), a cruel, aging tribal leader six times her age, in order to broker peace between two warring camps. On the eve of the nuptials, Zainab’s mother Allah Rakhi (Samiya Mumtaz)—who herself was married to an elderly man at the young age of 15—refuses to have her daughter meet the same fate, and the two make a harried escape, beginning an epic journey fraught with danger with both tribes hot on their trail. Finding shelter, solace, and perhaps romance in the form of Punjabi trucker Sohail (Mohib Mirza), they set off for Lahore, hoping to create a new life away from their oppressive upbringing. Billed as Pakistan’s first road trip thriller, Afia Nathaniel’s directorial debut is a tensely shot, superbly told, emotional story that highlights the repressive patriarchal society still dominant in this part of the world.

Director Biography
Afia Nathaniel was born in Pakistan and attended Columbia University’s film directing program. Now based in Brooklyn, Nathaniel has directed three short films. Dukhtar is her debut feature.

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  • Director: Afia Nathaniel
  • Principal Cast: Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Mirza, Saleha Aref, Gulistan Ibrahim, Ajab Gul, Abdullah Jaan
  • Country: Pakistan, USA, Norway
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Producer: Afia Nathaniel, Muhammad Khalid Ali
  • Screenplay: Afia Nathaniel
  • Cinematographers: Armughan Hassan
  • Editors: Armughan Hassan
  • Music: Sahir Ali Bagga, Peter Nashel
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2014 (Foreign Language Film), South Asia International Film Festival 2014 (Best Director)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Urdu, Pashto
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Dukhtar Productions