Runtime: 104 minutes
Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudals in Nusrat’s village, Fatima travels there to investigate. Will the trials and tribulations deter Fatima’s resolve? Will the quest challenge an already complicated romantic relationship? Josh: Against the Grain Is the story of Fatima’s search for a dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village. It is the story of the biggest challenge to Pakistan’s still reigning feudalism: the country’s youth.
Writers: Iram Parveen Bilal, Farah Usman
Cast: Khalid Ahmed, Parveen Akber, Faizan Haqquee
Best Story- DCSAFF
Audience Award Best Film- DCSAFFPost Screening Discussions:
Post Screening Discussion with Iram Parveen Bilal
2012 Women in Film Award
2012, IFFI Goa Film Bazaar, Top 15 Recommended Film
2014 Best Independent Film, Pakistan’s ARY film Awards
Director: Iram Parveen Bilal
Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal came to America to study at the California Institute of Technology. She graduated with her B.S, honors, in Environmental Science Engineering. Bilal began her career in film by getting her M.F.A. at the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. Bilal is conscious of the rare opportunity and voice she has on the film making playground. Having directed internationally recognized, award-winning short films, JOSH is her feature debut, which bows to the world in Oct 2012 at the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival.