Rani, a Pakistani short film, has been nominated for the 2019 PBS Online Film Festival by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The festival returns for its eighth year starting July 15 through the 26.
Directed by Pakistan American filmmaker Hammad Razi, Rani tells a story of a transgender woman named Kami Sid. The film follows her journey of raising an abandoned child and presents many challenges a woman faces in everyday life.
According to India West newspaper, director Razi was born in Oklahoma but grew up transnational. His stories and films often illustrate “topics that are as diverse as they are raw.” And Rani is no different.
This year’s PBS Online Film Festival will feature 25 independent creations and aims to amplify “compelling stories from resilient communities including strong women, LGBTQ voices and young adults, and grapples with everything from love, values, citizenship, purpose, and family turmoil,” reports Authorlinks.
The article added that the goal of the festival is to showcase diverse stories that are both inspiring and engaging.
On July 15, PBS will be hosting a screening event at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The event is free and tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pbs-film-festival-screening-tickets-63669588453
To watch the festival, it is available on PBS and PBS.org as well as various streaming websites such as Youtube and Facebook.
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