August 28, 2014, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The SCA Alumni Screening Series, USC Pakistani Student Association, and Josh The Movie, LLC, invite you and a guest to a special screening of
SCA Alumna Iram Parveen Bilal
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
2012 Women in Film Award
2012 IFFI Goa Film Bazaar:
Top 15 Recommended Films
2014 Best Independent Film:
Pakistan's ARY Film Awards
Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudals in Nusrat’s village, Fatima travels there to investigate. Will the trials and tribulations deter Fatima's resolve? Will the quest challenge an already complicated romantic relationship? Josh is the story of Fatima’s search for a dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village. It is the story of the biggest challenge to Pakistan's still reigning feudalism: the country's youth.
Provided courtesy of Josh The Movie, LLC. Rated PG-13. Running time: 104 minutes. In English and Urdu, with English subtitles.
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As a Pakistani, I felt a strong responsibility to make my first feature in Pakistan, not just to provide the world a lens into the country but to rejuvenate the industry and train people in some form or fashion.
Josh provides insight and stimulating dialogue that hopefully will lead to positive change. A lot of the world is curious about Pakistan. It is a country frequently in the news for the wrong reasons, but there are a lot of right reasons as well. These right reasons and people need to be focused on, to create a holistic view of the country and its people, the 6th most populous country in the world. With constant state travel warnings being signaled every month, I want to bring Pakistan to the world if it cannot bring itself to Pakistan.
We envision Josh as an instrument of social change because it dramatizes and thus highlights issues of poverty and illiteracy in rural Pakistan; the changing mood of activism among the country’s youth; and barbaric practices of justice that are still sanctioned in tribal villages.
Economic Justice and Systemic Poverty:
Josh speaks of the manipulation of poor people by feudal landlords who force debt upon their people and leverage that to get votes and services out of the masses under them. Fatima, the lead character, inspired the townspeople to get autonomous and support an outside funded, self-sustainable project that will give them economic freedom from the village landlord and afford them time and money to spend towards education and healthcare.
Girls’ Empowerment and Womens’ Leadership:
This is a story of female protagonists directed, produced and shot by women. The characters of Fatima, Nusrat Bi, Parveen and Ayla are all female characters taking on challenges and fighting for positive change in their communities in the film. The narrative is loosely inspired by the true-life gang rape of Mukhtar Mai in 2002.
Several key scenes in the film take place in classrooms, and the narrative addresses the importance of education for children.
The call to end feudal retribution murders and rapes in villages in the film speaks directly to the problems inherent in Pakistan’s current justice system. It is a film that calls for Pakistanis to be united and to realize that only in unity lies true independence of the country, independence from foreign intervention, independence from poverty, illiteracy and social plagues.
This film is for Pakistan, for the world, for my mother, for me and for you.
-- Iram Parveen Bilal
About the Guest
IRAM PARVEEN BILAL (Writer, Director, Producer, SCA Alumna)
Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal is conscious of the rare opportunity and voice she has on the filmmaking playground. Having directed short films that have traveled to international film festivals such as Rotterdam and Kustendorf, she is currently touring with her first feature Josh that just released theatrically in Pakistan setting records for a first indie project to be released on such a large scale. Bilal is a key player in the rising Pakistani industry where she initiated the formation of the first ever Oscar's nomination committee in 50 years in the country and is currently about to launch the first ever professional screenwriting lab called "Qalambaaz".
Josh is a 2012 Women in Film Fund recipient that was theatrically released in the US, UK and Pakistan and went on to TV/VOD in the US and UK.
She is a graduate, in honors from the California Institute of Technology and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Recent awards and fellowships include the 2012 Women In Film Award, the 2013 FIND Screenwriting Fellowship, 2010 FIND Director's Fellowship, 2008 IFP Emerging Narratives, the USC Stark Special Project Award, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, the Paul Studenski Fellowship, the Caltech Mabel Beckman Leadership Award and the Caltech Dean’s Cup. In her spare time, she enjoys Bollywood dancing, reading and economics.
More on www.iramparveenbilal.com
Press about Josh
- BBC World News IMPACT: https://vimeo.com/84440457
- Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tahreem-arshad/josh-against-the-grain-hu_b_4648219.html
- Indiewire "Heroines of Cinema": http://www.indiewire.com/tag/heroines-of-cinema
- New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/opinion/shah-pakistani-cinemas-new-wave.html?_r=0
About USC Pakistani Students Association
USC Pakistani Students Association strives to nurture a Pakistani presence throughout Southern California by the means of civic engagement and cultural activities. The purpose of the University of Southern California Pakistani Students Association (USC PSA) extends to foster a better understanding between students of Pakistani origin with the student body at the University of Southern California, increase the interest and awareness relating to the culture, tradition, and politics of Pakistan, assist Pakistani students in pursuit of involvement with the Pakistani community, and assist international students from Pakistan to settle into the University and their new environment.
Visit the Official Website: http://www.uscpsa.com/
About the SCA Alumni Screening Series
The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout the Summer 2014 semester. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.
Check-In & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
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