There are always films that come and go and sink without a trace because they have nothing new to offer. But every now and then, a film arrives that manages to not only impress viewers but does so in such spectacular style that years later we remember it without any difficulty.
One such effort is by Jamshed Mahmood Raza aka Jami’s Moor. Released in 2016 and directed by Jami, Moor, which means mother in Pashto, is a love letter to Balochistan and traces, among other things, the decline of the railways system in Pakistan. Starring Hameed Sheikh, whose stoic performance remains one of the film’s biggest highlights, alongside Shaz Khan, Samiya Mumtaz, Nayyar Ejaz, Ayaz Samoo and Abdul Qadir, the moody film is about loving a country that won’t love you back. Having been selected to premiere at 20th Busan International Film Festival and sent as Pakistani’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards, with a beautiful original soundtrack, produced by Strings, the film remains one of Pakistan’s strongest cinematic ventures in the post-revival age.
It is therefore not surprising that Moor has made it to a platform as exciting as Amazon Prime Video. For those who don’t know, Amazon Video “is an internet video on demand service that is developed, owned and operated by Amazon.com. It offers television shows and films for rental or purchase” and offers subscribers a chance to access content from all corners of the world. Apart from producing original content such as the award-winning Transparent, the service, which was launched worldwide late last year (barring certain countries), is adding new territories and expanding its reach. Though Moor is currently available on Amazon Prime UK, we’re hoping that the film, which won big at the Lux Style Awards last year, will head to other territories, sooner than later.