This Pakistani short film about mental illness is premiering at Locarno / by hamza bangash

Dawn Images | August 1st, 2018 | Read full article here

Filmmaker/theatre practitioner Hamza Bangash has developed a knack of dealing with thorny themes. His last short Rang Raaz tackled interfaith marriage in Pakistan. His 2016 play Suno! explored all the ways families can mismanage a loved one's mental illness.

With his latest short film Dia, Hamza gives us another glimpse of the latter reality.

Dia is a psychological thriller based on a true story of a girl who pursues a secret online romance and begins to break away from reality when the pressures of exams and a marriage proposal get too much to handle. Her family tries to treat her breakdown by taking her to a spiritual leader.

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