Duration: 60:03 Year of production: 2018 Countries of production: Pakistan, United States Music: Todd Reynolds Sound Mix: Andor Sperling
Synopsis A prompt to two ambulance drivers in Karachi to reconstruct recurring dreams catalyzes an exploration of the permeable boundaries between memory and fiction, and between trauma and its recollection. As first responders consider the aftermath of violent events, television re-enactment actors audition for and perform the gendered roles of victim, perpetrator, and witness in scenarios ranging from the banal to tragic. Unfolding through rituals, preparations, dreams, and performance, we never see the events themselves but catch traces of the extent to which they have been internalized by a society.
Screenings Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2018 RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal), Canada, 2018 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2018 Signes de Nuit, Paris, France, 2018 UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY, 2019 London Indian Film Festival, London, England, 2019 Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH, 2019 Singapore South Asian International Film Festival, Singapore, 2019 Chalta Phirta Documentary Festival, Pakistan, 2020 “Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance,” Mantiq of the Mantis, Pakistan, 2020
Pame Film and Music Festival, Pokhara, Nepal, 2020 “South Asia Foreground,” Labocine, June Edition (#59), 2021
Pakistan Women International Film Festival, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2021