The Kollective | August 29th, 2018 | Read full article here
"Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this character, is that she has been nipped from reality. As has been admitted by Hamza Bangash himself, Dia is based on a true story. The harrowing possibilities that it conjures up, are also real. According to the writer/director, the case that inspired this film was dismal. Where someone struggling with mental illness was, to use his words, “smothered by family expectations and pseudo religious beliefs.” These social dogmas, which Bangash weaves into the narrative of his short, are also amongst the greatest tragedies facing Pakistan’s youth."