by Hamza Bangash
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Pakistan, United Kingdom · 2018 · DCP · Color · 24' · o.v. Urdu/English
Mariam wants to escape her conservative family by pursuing a secret online romance and refusing the proposal of an arranged marriage. With the clock ticking, her romance takes a dark twist, revealing the extremes that Mariam is willing to go to, to keep her relationship alive.
Selected in the Open Doors short program 2018
Cleverly oscillating between iphone footage and movie shot, “Dia” documents the thin limit between reality and fiction. This personal story depicts how isolated and lonely one can live despite the proximity of their family. “Dia” is an examination of the intersection of mental illness and faith healing in Pakistan.
Delphine Jeanneret · programmer
Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani-Canadian director, screenwriter and producer. In 2019, Bangash was selected for the Locarno Filmmakers Academy and the Asian Film Academy. His artistic practice is based out of Karachi, Pakistan. His works have been showcased in various film festivals, including Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand and Tampere. Bangash is currently in early stages of development on his first feature film, MARIAM. The project won the MPA-AFA First prize award at the Busan International Film Festival 2019 and has been selected for Berlinale Talent Project Market 2020.