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Pakistani short Rani to screen at the Kansai Queer Film Festival in Japan

Instep Today
By NewsBytes
Fri, 08, 19

In recent years, various Pakistani short films have made it big internationally and have also won accolades at different film festivals. One such short film is Rani, which is consistently making waves on global platforms.

The good news is that the short, which features transgender model and activist Kami Sid, is scheduled to screen at the Kansai Queer Film Festival in Japan. “After a successful run in the USA, Rani is now going to screen at the Kansai Queer Film Festival (Japan) in Osaka (21st - 23rd September 2019) and in Kyoto (18th - 20th October 2019),” read the post on Grayscale Production’s official Facebook handle.

Now in its 13th year, the Kansai Queer Film Festival (KQFF) screens a wide range of films on the themes of gender, sexuality and equality from all over the world.

Coming back to the short film, it is written and directed by Hammad Rizvi while it is produced by Akbar Allana and Sara Siddiqi. Rani, which has been shot on the streets of Karachi, is a unique story that revolves around a transgender toy vendor named Rani. After finding an abandoned infant, Rani decides to become a parent and being a transgender, her decision to take care of the child unfolds some harsh realities.

In addition to Kami Sid, the film features Maaz Khan and Hina Pathani in prominent roles.