Kami Sid Rani set to premiere at KLF in March

KARACHI: Rani, a Pakistani short film starring transgender model and activist Kami Sid, will be premiering on March 3 at the 10th Karachi Literature Festival, confirmed GrayScale CEO Akbar Allana. 

Rani is a unique story about a transgender Pakistani woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned baby. Set in the heart of Karachi, Pakistan she faces many challenges, yet is determined to do the right thing.

The film has won the Outstanding Writer Award at the NBC Universal Short Film Festival, the Fox Inclusion Award at Outfest LA, an Ursula gender bender   award for Best Short Film at Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival, and has screened  at  numerous  international  festivals  including  Newport  Beach  Film  Festival, Rhode  Island  Film  Festival,  New  York  Asian  American  Film  Festival,  Seattle  Tasveer, CAAMFEST, and many more.

The  film  is  scheduled  to  have  its  Pakistani  Premiere  on  03rd  March  2019,  at  the  tenth Karachi  Literature  Festival,  and  is  the  first  Pakistani  film  to  be  featured  on  internet streaming  giant  Hulu.  It  will  also  be  screened  on  10th  March  at  the  Dorab  Patel Auditorium  of  the  Human  Rights  Commission  of  Pakistan,  hosted  by  Lahore  Biennale Foundation, and at select universities, colleges, and cultural centres across Pakistan.

After filming, the lead actress Kami Sid became Pakistan’s first trans model. She is an equal rights leader and ambassador for the region’s LGBTQ community.

Hammad  Rizvi  is  a  Pakistani-American  writer  and  director,  currently  working  in  Los Angeles. Having lived in various parts of the world, his films often tackle topics that are as diverse as they are raw. Hammad holds an MFA from UT-Austin and is working towards his first feature film.

Other cast includes Hina Pathani & Maaz Khan. The film has been produced by Akbar Allana and Sara Siddiqi. 

Rani  is  a  co-production  between  Rizvilia  Productions  in  the  US,  and  GrayScale  in Pakistan.

The film is 14 minutes long, and will be followed by a panel discussion between Hammad Rizvi, Kami Sid, Akbar Allana and a moderator. For the screening at Karachi Literature Festival, Mrs. Bilquis Edhi is a special guest panelist.

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