My Pure Land (Guest Speaker Event)

January 9

A stunning action thriller based on a true story. A mother and two sisters defend their home and land against an uncle and his hired thugs as he tries to dispossess them by force. Set in rural Sindh in Pakistan, the film interweaves flashbacks to formative experiences in the heroine’s life that culminate in this desperate stand-off.

Critics have repeatedly compared the film with spaghetti westerns, John Ford movies, or in the words of Hollywood Reporter reviewer Stephen Dalton, ‘the heroine is set against a smoky sunset like Scarlett O’Hara with and AK-47’.

But Director, Sarmud Masud says ‘this is a universal story. It’s not just Pakistani, or a western, or a feminist film.’ No, it’s a story that’s relevant at a time when displacement, diaspora and conflict in patriarchal societies around the globe are affecting populations and are in our daily consciousness. Fascinating. Masud’s debut feature film is the UK’s Official Entry for the 2018 Foreign Language Oscar.

‘Lyrical, heart-poundingly tense and strikingly feminist.’ Ed Potton, The Times

With Haider Zafar Director of Photography & Ollie Stothert Editor for Q&A


Suhaee Abro, Syed Tanveer Hussain, Razia Malik

Film Information

Title My Pure Land (Guest Speaker Event)
Directed by Sarmad Masud
Country UK
Classification 15
Running Time 98 mins
Release Year 2017
Subtitles Yes
Colour Yes
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