In ABU, gay-identifying Pakistani-Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan examines his relationship with his devout Muslim father in a courageous exploration of family, migration, love and religion, from Lahore to Mississauga. Through a tapestry of narratives composed of family footage, observation, and classic Bollywood films, ABU documents the tug-of-war between conservatism and liberalism of a fragmented family grappling with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration as they come to call Canada home.
Khan’s inaugural feature length documentary has been lauded as “one of the best documentaries of the year,” received a standing ovation at its sold out screening at Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, and recently won the Best Documentary Award at the Austin Gay + Lesbian International Film Festival.
ABU screens one-night-only at the 28th Annual One World Film Festival – OWFF 2017 on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:30pm at the Saint Paul University (Amphitheatre, Pavillon Guigues Hall, 223 Main Street) in Ottawa.
One World Arts and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) are proud present the Ottawa Premiere of ABU and a Q&A with director Arshad Khan, moderated by Adrian Harewood.
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity is an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization that aspires to support and transform Canadian and indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast in a shared vision of a discrimination-free gender and sexually diverse world. In addition to supporting this special presentation of ABU and Q&A with the director, CCGSD facilitated a Q&A with Khan for Ottawa area youth at Bell High School.
Details about the 2017 One World Film Festival scheduled and advance tickets and passes are available here.