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Hamza Bangash


Hamza Bangash



Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani – Canadian writer, director, and producer based in Karachi. His short Dia (2018) had it’s World Premiere at Locarno, following a critically-acclaimed tour over a dozen festivals. He is an alum of Locarno Open Doors (2018) and of the inaugural Talents from Afghanistan-Pakistan Fellowship by Prince Claus Fund and Goethe Institute (2017-2018). His current project is a feature adaptation of Dia, in which a young woman navigates caring for her autistic brother while discovering her burgeoning sexuality in a repressive society.

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