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Rated a near-perfect 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Saim Sadiq's "luminous crowd pleaser" (Variety) earned a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination, and took home the Queer Palm and Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. JOYLAND centers on a multi-generational patriarchal family, as they anxiously await the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line. Meanwhile, their son Haider (Ali Junejo) secretly gets a job at an erotic dance theatre, where he works with, and falls for, an ambitious trans starlet, Biba (Alina Khan). Their passionate affair illuminates the underlying conflict within the family, who each in their own way yearn for liberation while being bound by tradition. "An unexpected gut punch" (Deadline) and "a dazzling heartbreaker" (Film Companion).


Directed By

Saim Sadiq


Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Salmaan Peerzada


Urdu with English subtitles

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