Rahm - Film screening
Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, in Urdu (sub-titled)
Thursday August 17
‘A nuanced interpretation…faithfully translates the spirit of Measure for Measure…watch this film and be challenged’- Adnan Murad, Huffington Post
Rahm is the first Urdu film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure. With rising star Sanam Saeed (Sameena) - an actress making waves in Pakistan and now internationally - and well renowned Pakistani actor Sajid Hasan (Governor). A British/Pakistani production from Director Ahmed Jamal and Writer/Producer Mahmood Jamal, Rahm is part of the emergence of cinema from Pakistan. This is a timely and much needed story on tolerance and forgiveness, cutting across national and cultural boundaries reaching out to our common humanity.
A kindly Governor goes into hiding after appointing a younger, puritanical Deputy in his place who is convinced that Lahore needs harsher punishments and strict implementation of laws. Fear begins to grip the city as a young man is condemned to death after getting his fiancé pregnant on the accusations of her parents. Sameena, his sister, begs the Deputy for mercy. He refuses at first but can’t resist her beauty and offers her a deal that requires Sameena to dishonour herself in exchange for commuting the death sentence on her brother. Sameena has to outwit him, and, with the help of the disguised ex-Governor they attempt to turn the tables in a gripping climax.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Director, Ahmed Jamal and Producer and Writer Mahmood Jamal.
Rahm gets six nominations for NIGAR Pakistan’s premiere film award
Winner - Best Adapted Screenplay London Asian Film Festival 2017
Winner - Best Actress in Film, Sanam Saeed - Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards 2017
Nominee, Best Director, Ahmed Jamal - Eastern Eye Arts, Cultural Theatre Awards 2017