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Taliha and Marlyn are very good friends, Marlyn came out as a lesbian a couple of years ago. Taliha is uncomfortable with this although she wants to speak to Marlyn about LGBT+ issues.

*** The actresses are both Deaf British Sign Language users.***

  • Sahera Khan
    Director
    Reverted and BOND
  • Sahera Khan
    Writer
    Audiology, He Stood Me Up, Reverted and BOND
  • Sahera Khan
    Key Cast
    "Taliha"
    Audiology, He Stood Me Up and BOND
  • Judy Newsome
    Key Cast
    "Marylyn"
  • Safyan Iqbal
    Crew
    Camera Operator and Editor
  • Ted Denton
    Crew
    Assistant Camera
  • Irina Drychak
    Crew
    BSL interpreter
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, LGBT+, Religion
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    550 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    British Sign Language, English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival 2020

    New Zealand
    May 5, 2020
    Best Storyline Award
  • Together! 2020 Disability Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Kat Award Winner Best Film in a Language other than English
  • Tagore International Film Festival 2020

    India
    Critics’ Choice Award of LGBT Film
  • Top Indie Film Awards Film Awards for our Winter 2020 Edition
    Tokyo
    Japan
    Best Message Award and Nominated for Best Original Idea
  • Papaya Rocks Film Festival 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 28, 2021
    Nominated for Jury Award Best Film
  • Clin d'Oeil Festival 2022
    Reims
    France
    Nominated for Best Director and Best Film
  • 11th Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival 2022

    Hong Kong
    Official Selection
  • Rock Mountain Deaf Film Festival 2022

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Portland Deaf Film Festival 2022
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Deaffest 2022
    Wolverhampton
    United Kingdom
    May 7, 2022
    Courtyard, Lighthouse
    Official Selection
  • Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2022

    United States
    Online
    Official Selection
  • Himachal Short Film Festival 2021

    Official Selection
  • Deaf Queer International Film Festival 2021

    United States
    April 17, 2021
    Online
    Official Selection
  • Standalone Film Festival & Awards 2021
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Reelout Queer Film Festival 2021

    Canada
    Official Selection
  • IX International Film Festival in Sign Language in Tolosa 2020
    Tolosa
    Spain
    Official Selection
  • Deaf Rochester Film Festival 2020
    Rochester
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Aurora Film Festival 2020

    Italy
    Official Selection
  • Femme Filmmakers Festival 2020

    Official Selection
  • British Council Film: Budapest Pride LGBT Film and Cultural Festival 2020
    Budapest
    Hungary
    Official Selection
  • The Lift-Off Sessions 2020
    Pinewood Studios
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sahera Khan

Her interest in screenplays has influenced her writing and in 2013 she joined an Open University course ‘Digital Film School’ to learn about making films and writing for the screen, as well as taking various filmmaking workshops.

She made her first trailer ‘Help Me!’ and went on to write short films 'Audiology', 'He Stood Me Up' and 'Bond'. She made her first short documentary 'Reverted' in 2016. 'Reverted' and 'Bond' have been screened at film festivals internationally. 'Bond' won second place for the Best International Deaf Film at the International India Deaf Film Festival 2016.

She set up her channel on YouTube in 2013 with videos discussing general topics, vlog and films etc.

She was part of The Film Bunch working with hearing crew and cast on a short film 'Humanz'. She was worked as Assistant Director and on Storyboard. Sahera joined the crew at Wellington Film as a trainee Runner for BSL Zone’s new programme Deaf Funny 5 & 6 at Nottingham.

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Director Statement

I wanted to make a short drama film because I have not seen any open discussion by or about D/deaf Muslim LGBT people and the issues they face. People only say that same-sex relationships are not allowed and never talk about it.

I wrote the script based on my experiences of meeting D/deaf and hearing LGBT non-Muslims, as well as from information gathered through the media e.g. news. In real life I have met a few LGBT D/deaf Muslims a long time ago. I never really thought about it at the time but I kept their confidentiality for many years. Since then, as wider society has become more open and accepting of LGBT people, I wondered what things are like now for LGBT D/deaf Muslims.

I have worked on the script with a hearing LGBT person based on their experiences and shared our ideas. We agreed some appropriate terms for LGBT in the dialogue.