A visually impaired photographer regains her sight through surgery but struggles to capture the world as she used to, leading her on a soul-searching journey where she must choose between embracing her visual abilities or returning to darkness.

  • Mustafa Imran
  • Mustafa Imran
  • Kamran Butt
  • Areesha Arif
  • Areesha Arif
    Key Cast
  • Ali Mazahir
    Key Cast
  • Ahmad Saddique
    Director of Photography
  • Mustafa Imran
    Post Production and Colour Grading
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  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    Song SLOG 3
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Mustafa Imran
Director Biography - Mustafa Imran

Early Life and Education:
Mustafa Imran was born on 14th Nov 1999 in Lahore, Pakistan. From a young age, he displayed a profound fascination with storytelling, visual arts, and the world of cinema. Growing up, Mustafa immersed himself in a diverse range of films, drawing inspiration from renowned directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers. As he progressed through his formative years, his passion for filmmaking continued to blossom.

Pursuing the Dream:
Upon completing his high school education, Mustafa knew that filmmaking was his calling. Fuelled by his unwavering determination, he embarked on his journey to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the world of cinema. He enrolled in the University of Central Punjab, Lahore, where he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Film and Media Studies.

Discovering His Craft:
During his time at university, Mustafa honed his creative abilities and sharpened his understanding of cinematic language. He passionately delved into various aspects of filmmaking, from screenwriting and directing to cinematography and editing. Through practical experiences and academic guidance, he developed a distinctive voice and style that would become the hallmark of his films.

The Emergence of a Filmmaker:
While at university, Mustafa seized every opportunity to showcase his talent and dedication. He co-founded a student film club and collaborated with like-minded individuals to bring captivating stories to life on the screen. His passion and dedication were evident in every project he undertook, which garnered praise and recognition from both peers and faculty.

The Journey Begins:
Upon graduating with his Bachelor's degree, Mustafa Imran was ready to take the next step in his filmmaking journey. Armed with a profound understanding of the art form and a burning desire to make a mark in the industry, he set out to turn his dreams into reality.

The Short Film Ventures:
In the initial years after graduation, Mustafa directed his creative energy toward producing short films. Drawing from personal experiences and contemporary issues, he crafted poignant narratives that resonated with audiences. His short films demonstrated a keen eye for visual storytelling and a knack for evoking emotions in the viewers.

Recognition and Aspirations:
Mustafa Imran's short films earned him critical acclaim and accolades at various film festivals. His ability to weave compelling stories onscreen was undeniable, leading to increased recognition within the filmmaking community. As he progressed in his career, Mustafa remained committed to challenging conventional norms and exploring new frontiers in storytelling.

Future Endeavors:
With a successful start to his filmmaking journey, Mustafa Imran aspires to continue creating thought-provoking and impactful films. His goal is to delve into feature-length films, tackling complex subjects and reaching a wider audience with his storytelling prowess. He envisions a future where his films will not only entertain but also inspire and leave a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of viewers worldwide.

Mustafa Imran's unwavering passion for filmmaking, combined with his talent and dedication, has set him on a path to become a prominent figure in the world of cinema. As he continues to evolve as a filmmaker, audiences eagerly await the stories he will bring to life and the emotions he will stir through his cinematic endeavors. With each project, Mustafa aims to make a positive impact on the world, solidifying his place among the great storytellers of our time.

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Director Statement

"Through our short film, "SARAAB", "DELUSION" we explore the raw and universal language of human emotions. Drawing inspiration from real-life encounters, our narrative aims to evoke empathy and understanding, touching the hearts of our audience. With a dedicated team, we crafted a visually striking and emotionally immersive experience that goes beyond conventional storytelling. We are excited to present this project at GIFF and share our passion for storytelling with the world."