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Programmers' Picks: Laila Kazmi

SIFF Programmer Laila Kazmi shares some of her highlights from the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival.

Laila Kazmi

The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs

(India/Kashmir)
A beautiful, mystical tale of the young nomadic Laila, whose fate appears to parallel that of Kashmir as she cleverly eludes the two men who desire her. Based on a poem by the 14th century female Kashmiri poet Laleshwari.

The Salt in Our Waters

(Bangladesh)
Rudro, an artist from the city, arrives in a small fishing village on the Ganges Delta to work on his sculptures in a cabin by the sea. While most of the villagers are fascinated by the newcomer, his modern ideas threaten the reign of the local cleric.

The Translator

(Syria)
Eleven years after escaping the brutal Syrian regime, the Arabic-English translator Samir decides to return to find his brother.

The Perfect Candidate

(Saudi Arabia)
A new feature film by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the director of the highly acclaimed debut feature Wadjda. Al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia's first female director. Those two facts alone are compelling reasons to watch this film!

Preman

(Indonesia)
This gangster film is a superbly acted, bloody tale of regret, hope, and redemption.

The Song of the Butterflies

(Peru)
A poetic, observational documentary about a family of artists from the persecuted Uitoto Nation in Peru.

Writing With Fire

(India)
A highly anticipated documentary from India about a group of Dalit (untouchable) women running their own newspaper and challenging the system.

The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs
The Salt In Our Waters
The Translator
The Perfect Candidate
Preman
The Song of the Butterflies
Writing With Fire