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Pakistani Filmmaker’s Qandeel Baloch-Inspired Film Makes It To Cannes Festival

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Pakistani-Nigerian filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal’s film ‘Wakhri’ has made it to the Cannes Festival.

The filmmaker’s production made it to a fast track finance program at the prestigious film festival. She made it to the Cinefondation’s Atelier programme which features around 15 top directors from all over the world.

“Cinefondation Latelier is a curated official selection program of Cannes where 15 directors from the world are invited to a seven-day intensive fast track finance program,” she said while talking to Dawn Images, adding that the general manager of the program had seen her film in one of the festivals and had been tracking her ever since.

Wakhri is a film about an accidental social media star who learns the harsh cost of wearing masks in the real world that deals with themes like “hypocrisy, trolling and the ultimate empowerment of self”. Wakhri is inspired by the great Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian, who was brutally murdered in 2016 by her brother in an “honor killing”.

About the film, Irum added that for the past few years, she has seen a rise in social media trolling and campaigning against female figures of authorities, for example, actors, politicians, journalists etc and through her film she wants to highlight that.

She also thanked colleagues for their support in the project. “It has been an honour for Abid Merchant, the producer, and I to be in the company of our esteemed colleagues.”

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