The female-led Pakistani drama will compete with entries from around the world.
Pakistani short film Solatia has gained entry into the Red Sea Film Festival scheduled to begin in Jeddah next month. It is one of only two Pakistani short films, out of a total of 14 entries, in the Red Sea: Shorts Competition at the festival’s third edition set to take place from November 30 to December 9, 2023.
The female-led drama directed by Pakistani filmmaker Hira Yousafzai and co-produced by Hirra Farooqi, will compete with entries from Germany, Indonesia, the US, Iran, and South Africa at the festival. It focuses on the main character Zamda who lives in a shelter with other displaced persons. Zamda, in despair, spends her time looking through old photos of her missing husband as she longs for his company. The themes of love, loss, resilience and hope have been deliberately included in the film, especially in the context of displacement.