Mogul Mowgli

Director: Bassam Tariq Run Time: 104 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alyy Khan, Riz Ahmed, Sudha Buchar

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English, Urdu

About the film:

Winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. On the cusp of his first major tour, British Pakistani rapper Zed is struck down by an autoimmune disease that leaves him unable to walk. Visiting his parents for the first time in years, he struggles to reconnect, hallucinating about his childhood and his place in Britain and Pakistan’s history.

About the filmmaker:

Bassam Tariq is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York. Along with Omar Mullick, he co-created the viral blog “30 Mosques in 30 Days” and directed the feature-length documentary These Birds Walk, which premiered at SXSW 2013. He participated in the Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction residency and Screenwriters Intensive program, and his most recent short film, Ghosts of Sugar Land, won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance.

Tariq’s debut narrative feature Mogul Mowgli is the first feature film produced by co-writer and star Riz Ahmed’s Left Handed Films. The cinematic language in the passion project emerged from the filmmakers’ shared experiences of Pakistani culture and heritage, as well as Ahmed’s life and career as a rapper and musician. Read more here.

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