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On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides to fly home to the UK to visit the family he has not seen in two years. In the midst of trying to reconnect with his parents and rummaging through cassettes of Qawwali music, he is suddenly struck down by an autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his big breakthrough moment is in danger of vanishing into thin air, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis, amplified by vivid hallucinations. Long-buried childhood memories resurface with a vengeance, mingling with his father’s memories of fleeing India during Partition and confronting Zed with his repressed cultural heritage. Giving centre stage to incendiary rap lyrics and a striking central performance by actor Riz Ahmed, a rapper himself, Tariq’s debut feature film is a disquieting and electrifying exploration of male malady, family frictions, social mobility, and transnational citizenship.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
    English, Urdu
  • Country
    UK
  • Premiere
    Texas
  • Director
    Bassam Tariq
  • Screenwriter
    Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed
  • Producer
    Thomas Benksi, Bennett McGhee, Riz Ahmed, Michael Peay
  • Cast
    Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan
  • Cinematographer
    Annika Summerson