What happened:

This year, the Cannes Film Festival selected ‘Joyland’, a feature film by Pakistani filmmaker Saim Sadiq, to be premiered at the famous annual film festival’s 75th gathering.

Why it matters:

The feature film category only accepts 14 films and boosts great pride that a Pakistani film made the cut for the first time in history!

About the film:

With Abdullah Siddiqui as the music director, Joyland is a story about sexual revolution. It shows that in a patriarchal community, a happy joint family yearns for the birth of a baby boy to keep the lineage alive. The family’s youngest son secretly joins an exotic dance theatre group and falls in love with a transsexual starlet who is ruthlessly ambitious.

The film stars Ali Junejo, Alina Khan, Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salman Peerzada, and Sania Saeed.


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