Monday, 10 December 2018

On the run high in Pakistan mountains

AN award-winning drama co-produced by a former Henley resident is set to hit the screens of

AN award-winning drama co-produced by a former Henley resident is set to hit the screens of the town’s Regal cinema later this month.

Cordelia Stephens, who attended Trinity Primary and Gillotts School, has worked on Dukhtar (Daughter), which is set in the mountains of northern Pakistan.

It’s the story of a young mother on the run with her 10-year-old daughter to save her from a child marriage.

The film is inspired by true events and the first-time filmmaker, Afia Nathaniel, from Pakistan, faced an uphill battle to make the film in below-freezing conditions in the disputed territory between Pakistan and India, with more than 200 extras and chase scenes on the world’s highest altitude roads, while being the only female crew member in crew of 40.

Dukhtar has won critical acclaim since its world premiere at Toronto last year and became Pakistan’s official selection for the 87th Academy Awards “best foreign language film” category.



After sell-out screenings at the BFI London and the London Asian Film Festival, the film will be shown in Henley on Sunday, May 17 at 6pm.

It has bagged several awards such as best film and best director at the South Asian International Film Fest, the audience award at Festival des Femmes in France, and best narrative feature film at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Tickets must be pre-booked by May 10 via www.ourscreen.com/filmâ??â?�details/10232 and a requisite number must be sold for the screening to be confirmed.

Review by: David White



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