Piece of Naan

Living as an outcast within the conservative religious society of Pakistan, Rafi is a transvestite who earns a living through begging and selling his body. He meets Nadia who grew up in the upper class of society however is forced into prostitution by her indebted father. Even though they are from completely different walks of life, They learn to bond amidst a common difficult situation.

  • Rijaa Nadeem
    Director
  • Rijaa Nadeem
    Writer
  • Gabriel Joseph Ramirez
    Producer
  • Ammar Alee Danish
    Producer
  • Seraj Us Salikin
    Producer
  • Haris Khan
    Key Cast
  • Iqra Shahid
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 12, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Pakistan
  • Language:
    Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Cannes Film Festival
    Cannes
    France
    May 14, 2016
  • Dallas Videofest
    Dallas
    United States
    October 23, 2016
  • Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    May 28, 2016
  • Women Texas Film Festival
    Dallas
    United States
    August 21, 2016
  • Pakistan Calling Film Festival
    Karachi
    Pakistan
    November 26, 2016
Director Biography - Rijaa Nadeem

Originally born and raised in Pakistan, Rijaa Nadeem moved to Texas and since then has been actively pursuing a career in film. She has made numerous short films which have been screened at the Underexposed Film Festival, FWBFF, Indie Demand Film Festival, Kashish Film festival along with being screened at the short film corner at Cannes. Having worked in many positions on feature films and reality television shows, Nadeem has an over all knowledge of every aspect of the process. ‘piece of naan’ is Rijaa's latest short film which ties her back to her Pakistani root while adapting the American style of independent filmmaking.

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Director Statement

Film and video is one of the strongest mediums to reach an audience not only emotionally but visually and mentally. My main goal is to explore unique characters with un conventional relationships in order to unite the society and shed light on the topics of racism and discrimination.