DOCUMENTARY I CANADA 2017 I 80 MINS. I ENGLISH
Join us on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 for the opening night celebration of the 17th annual Reelworld Film Festival.
The evening will include a cocktail reception, the Toronto premiere of award-winning documentary ABU, and an engaging Q&A with filmmaker Arshad Khan and special guests.
As a gay man, Filmmaker Arshad Khan explores his troubled relationship with his devout, Muslim, Pakistani father Abu. Khan documents his struggles with his sexual identity as his Muslim parents attempt to fit into Canada.
Using family archives, pictures and movies, ABU is a revealing and deeply affecting portrait of a family’s tug-o-war between conservatism and liberalism that has greater implications for those choosing the west as their home.
Khan is a filmmaker, film festival director, festival strategist and film educator from Canada. Born in Pakistan, Khan believes in cinema as a catalyst for change. He hopes to make films that shed light on subjects that are ignored by the mainstream media. He is interested in realism in cinema and the new wave in South Asian cinema, yet not restricted to any one cinematic genre.