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UK202090 minEnglish, Urdu with English SubtitlesToronto PremiereDrama, Family
On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides to fly home to the U.K. to reconnect with his family, only to find out his first big international break could be jeopardized by an unexpected and quickly debilitating autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his medical treatments intensify, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis. His days are marked by vivid hallucinations and long-buried childhood memories of his parents fleeing India during the Partition, forcing him to face resurfaced trauma.
A film co-written, produced by and starring Emmy Award-winning actor Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli is a disquieting and electrifying exploration of identity, self-expression and intergenerational trauma. Bassam Tariq’s directorial lead and Ahmed’s transfixing performance create a gutsy, beat-packed drama authored by bi-cultural artists powerfully expressing their right to thrive in all spaces, especially those that have been built to reject them.
– Mariam Zaidi
Berlin International Film Festival, 2020
Bassam Tariq is a writer and director currently based between Texas and London. His previous film, Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019) won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for a Short Documentary Oscar.
Down a Dark Stairwell takes a nuanced and careful look at the events following the 2014 case where Akai Gurley was shot and killed in the stairwell of an apartment building by Chinese-American NYPD officer Peter Liang. This opening night presentation is followed by a panel discussion with ASL support and accompanied by an active listening service. Available only in Ontario for a limited time. Winner of The Truth to Power Award, Reel Asian 2020.
12 Nov. 7:00 pm - 13 Nov. 7:00 pm
Reel Asian is proud to present as its Closing Night event a one-time live script read presentation of Scarborough, the anticipated forthcoming film adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’ award-winning novel of the same name by Reel Asian stalwart filmmaking duo of Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson.
19 Nov. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We're kicking off ReelAsian24 with a bang!
6 Nov. 9:00 pm - 7 Nov. 12:10 am