Centerpiece Gala Presentation: MUSTACHE

USA202383 minEnglish, Urdu with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereComedy, Family-friendly, First Feature

When 13-year-old Ilyas’s parents yank him out of his comfortable Islamic private school and force him to adjust to life in public school, he develops a plan to change their minds. After a staged fondness for non-halal food and explicit music fails to sufficiently scandalize his parents, Ilyas asks his whip-smart former classmate, Yasmeen, to help devise a more foolproof plan. However, underneath those faux concerns, what really preoccupies prepubescent Ilyas is his wispy, dark mustache growing much sooner than that of his peers, prompting a self-loathing born and reinforced by the taunting and teasing of classmates.

Director Imran J. Khan’s gently humorous and refreshing take on the Muslim American coming-of-age experience, as well as lead Atharva Verma’s impeccable performance as the charming and determined Ilyas, are the perfect combination in this timeless, hilarious, and heartwarming journey of pre-teen self acceptance.

– Mariam Zaidi


Atharva Verma
Rizwan Manji
Ayana Manji
Hasan Minhaj
Meesha Shafi
Alicia Silverstone



SXSW, 2023

Director Bio

Imran J. Khan

Pakistani American filmmaker Imran J. Khan has written and directed award-winning short films including Prom (2016). He was also on the editing teams for Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) and Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022). He recently was selected to the Pillars Artist Fellowship, created by Pillars, Riz Ahmed, and Left Handed Films.



12 Nov, 2023 7:30 pm

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ASL interpretation will be provided for the intro and Q&A for this presentation. Wheelchair spaces and step-free seating is available for this screening – click below to book accessible seats.

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Join us for a Q&A immediately after the theatrical presentation with director Imran J. Khan and actor Atharva Verma.

Centrepiece Gala Party

Join us at CSI Spadina for the Centrepiece Gala Party after the screening of MUSTACHE.

10PM-12AM at CSI Spadina

Accessibility for Centrepiece Gala Party

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This space is wheelchair and step-free accessible via a series of ramps at the
main entrance.  The rest of the venue, including the accessible washroom,
is all on one level. This event may include loud music, flashing lights, and
A calmer, quieter respite room is available for those with environmental
sensitivities. Click here to advise us of your access needs.

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