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A Pakistani woman is lost in New York, searching for her home. "HOME" is based on a true experience I had in New York at the end of 2020. The film explores the concept of duality, where you perceive others and how others perceive you. It follows my journey of navigating my life in New York during COVID, being part of the night lifestyle, and feeling both lost and found. As fears and judgments blur my vision, I perceive everything through a different lens. Running from one country to another in search of my real home, I confront the fears associated with my religion, gender, and identity. This one-night journey could feel like a lifetime, an illusion of time and space.

  • Naeema Naeem Butt
  • Naeema Naeem Butt
  • Naeema Naeem Butt
  • Naeema Naeem Butt
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Digital 422 pro res black magic
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Director Biography - Naeema Naeem Butt

Naeema Butt is a women rights activist from Pakistan. She has 16 years of activism experience using theatre of the oppressed, traditional theatre, film and TV. She has been to the US as a cultural ambassador of Pakistan on scholarship and has represented her social work by using media in United Nations Headquarters and many international platform like 9th Federal Congress on Cultural Policy in Berlin Germany. She is also a national TV actress in Pakistan dramas and has taken up the roles to empower women in Pakistani society. Naeema is based between New York & Pakistan. She is the founder of NB Media LLC in New York and Pehlaaj StoryCenter for change in Pakistan. She has done extensive work on women rights, interfaith harmony, countering violence & extremism, transgender rights and safety, women sexual and mental health issues using various storytelling methods like Tv, Film & Theater. She has been awarded multiple awards for her work nationally and internationally. She was a Youth Champion awarded by UN Women, Young change maker awarded by Pakistan Alumni Network US Embassy & Former Founding Country President of World Merit Pakistan (HQ in UK).

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Director Statement

We live in the world of duality. It's our perception and then the world's perception. This film is a personal experience that happened to me when I moved to New York during Covid. The feeling of nostalgia, the feeling of being lost & yet found. The feeling of search of HOME and then finding HOME within. I left Pakistan because of some threats to my life because of my women rights- social work that I was doing. I ran to the US in order to find a safe space. But sooner I had a realization where is safe space? I got attacked at subway station. The feeling of not able to find the connection and faces that look alike. My family, my community... The party life in New York, and all little & bigger experiences that you go through. May be in our imagination and may be it's just no where? The journey to find home and the realization or the only way to feel safe is to look into your eyes and tell your self. What I told in the end of the film.