An Urdu Pakistani Film Is England’s Submission for the Oscars
‘My Pure Land’ has been directed by British-Pakistani filmmaker Sarmad Masud.
Even as we are debating over whether India’s Oscar submission Newton is plagiarised or not, a Pakistani film has been chosen as Britain’s official submission for the foreign-language category at the 90th Academy Awards. My Pure Land, directed by British-Pakistani filmmaker Sarmad Masud, is the first Urdu language and Pakistani film to contend for the Oscars.
Revolving around a mother and her two daughters’ fight for their land against an army of bandits, My Pure Land is based on the true story of Nazo Dharejo, who grew up in rural Sindh with her siblings. Her father, Khuda Buksh, was a farmer and brought up his daughters to be fearless and keen shooters.
Shot entirely in Pakistan, the film stars Suhaee Abro, Salman Ahmed Khan, Razia Malik, Tayyab Ifzal and Eman Fatima. Winning rave reviews, it has been dubbed as a “feminist Western” by critics.
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