First time Pakistani filmmaker Mohammad Fawad directs and edits his first film which explores the harrowing journey made by his friend, Asif, who was trafficked through Iran and Turkey in an illegal attempt to reach Europe and Berlin. Fawad widens his exploration to learn more about attempts to reach Europe by disaffected Pakistani youth and Afghani LGBTQ+ community fleeing the Taliban.

Language - Pashto with English subtitles
(contains images of a graphic nature that some may find disturbing)

  • Muhammad Fawad
  • Muhammad Fawad
  • Duncan Jepson
    Return to Pontianak, Perth, Rice Rhapsody, Follow Your Heart, Hope Without Future
  • Muhammad Asif
    Key Cast
  • Master Ali Haider
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Love Peace and Freedom Film Festival

    August 4, 2023
    Winner Immigration Feature Film 2023
  • Beyond Border International Film Festival
    September 5, 2023
    Award Winner
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • Documentaries Without Borders International Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • The Workers Unite Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 27, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Muhammad Fawad

Fawad is a film enthusiast and an experienced media professional based in Peshawar Pakistan. He holds a postgraduate degree in Development Studies. Currently working as a Digital Media Officer at Gallup Pakistan, he has previously served as a media and communication consultant for several local and international organizations. He has initiated a local new media project called Khyber Talkies, which focuses on political, social, cultural, and artistic topics. Muhammad Fawad has a strong interest in Pashtun Afghan art and culture, as well as issues related to politics, society and culture.

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Director Statement

I am a passionate filmmaker dedicated to exploring Pashtun/Afghan culture, art, politics, and society. As a storyteller, I aspire to ignite conversations, challenge perspectives, and amplify the voices of my community. With each creation, I strive to redefine the cinematic landscape, leaving a lasting impact through my impactful and transformative works.