Before Nikkah

Director: Haider Zafar
Starring: Sasha Vadher, Aakash Shukal
Run time: 93 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18
Language: English | Year: 2023 | Country: UK

Set in London, Before Nikkah follows two British Pakistanis who go on a blind date, as they prepare for a prospective arranged marriage. Initially apprehensive, the date doesn’t start off well. However, fate conspires to keep the couple together for the whole day qnd as they get to know each other, their experience heralds some unexpected consequences. Paying homage to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, Zafar’s film is a soulful and charming romantic comedy that will leave you falling in love with the two leads.

Q&A with director Haider Zafar and cast

This film has closed caption subtitles
This screening will have a BSL-interpreted Q&A

Director

Haider Zafar

Haider Zafar is a British-Pakistani Cinematographer-come-Director. After beginning a career in Architectural Visualisation, Haider began shooting indie features and numerous shorts over the past decade.

His previous works have been praised by the likes of film critic, Mark Kermode for his work on Danny Dyers' Vendetta & Pakistani social drama, My Pure Land.
Since then he has taken strides to helm the directors seat producing educational shorts for The Open University, which have been screened at various festivals including Manchester International film festival.

Before Nikkah marks his directorial debut, written & produced by long term collaborator Marcus Flemmings. Haider ultimately wishes to progress into High-End TV Drama and higher
budgeted features.

Film Screenings

World Premiere

London | BFI Southbank
June 29, 2024 2:45 pm

Q&A with special guest

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