Josh (Against the Grain)

Director: Iram Parveen Bilal
Starring: Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Naveen Waqar, Ali Rizvi.
Run time: 104 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A
Language: Urdu / English with English subtitles | Year: 2013 | Country: Pakistan, USA


The life of a high society school teacher is shattered when her beloved nanny inexplicably disappears. Josh is the story of the schoolteacher’s search for a dangerous truth in the nanny’s feudal village. This empowering film is LIFF’s first ever selection from Pakistan and stars Urdu cinema superstars Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza. Josh tackles the themes of class separation, feudalism, poverty, individual empowerment and women’s rights head on and takes no prisoners en route. And in Iram Parveen Bilal, Pakistan and world cinema welcomes a bold new voice and a powerful storyteller. Not to be missed!


Iram Parveen Bilal