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Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan

British-Pakistani filmmaker Faizan Fiaz documents the grim realities of Pakistan's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at a time when LGBT human rights are under fire.

Holding a mirror up to the Pakistani media, this rare and authoritative investigation spotlights a Pakistani serial killer who preyed on gay men and the hunting of transgender women for TV entertainment.

With unprecedented access, the film lifts the lid on the surprising and unreported experiences of transgender men and lesbian women, dissects the legacy of British colonialism and the impact of the US government's gay rights advocacy in Pakistan.

With narration from Asifa Lahore of Channel 4's Muslim Drag Queens fame and music by Asian Dub Foundation's Sonia Mehta, Poshida is essential viewing for anyone interested in the secret world of a hidden and fearful community.

  • Faizan Fiaz
  • Faizan Fiaz
  • Giulio Gobbetti
  • Asifa Lahore
  • Mike Wyeld
    Sound Design
  • Sonia Mehta
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  • Genres:
    LGBT, Asia, Pakistan, Islamic, transgender
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Urdu
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  • BFI Flare
    London, UK
    United Kingdom
    March 23, 2016
    UK Premiere
  • Outfest Fusion
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 11, 2016
    North American premiere
  • Outfest
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Aks
Director Biography - Faizan Fiaz

Faizan is journalist and videographer who has lived and worked in Pakistan for several years for a number of international news organisations. This is their first film.

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Director Statement

I'm excited to share some of the intriguing stories of Pakistan, my country of heritage and my home for best part of a decade. Pakistan is an endlessly surprising and heartbreaking place and it's my hope to uncover some of it through film.