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About First and Last

Runtime: 8 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Drama

An Indian American woman and an African-American man, who were once deeply in love, run into each other by chance, years after their break-up. As the two reminisce and ask each other questions that have been brewing for years, they are forced to confront some painful truths. This story looks at the first day these characters meet at a vibrant Holi Festival and the last night they see each other while examining the unacknowledged racism within the young South Asian-American community against African-Americans.

Awards:

Independent Shorts Awards 2019

Winner Silver Award Best First Time Director (Male)

Winner Silver Award Best First Time Director (Male)

Winner Gold Award Best Romantic Short

IndieX Film Festival 2020

Winner Outstanding Achievement Award Romantic Short

One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2019

Winner Honorable Mention

Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2020

Winner Jury Award Best Short Film

Director: Badar Tareen

A civil rights lawyer by day and a stand up comedian and filmmaker by night, Badar was born and raised in a Pakistani-Muslim family in North Dakota.

As a filmmaker, Badar has made several short films including, the award-winning, First and Last. This film is a bittersweet love story about the first day a couple meets and the last day they see each other; the story looks at racism against black Americans in the Indian/Pakistani community. Badar has made other films including the horror film, Breathe.

Badar has performed as a selected comedian at the Cleveland Comedy Festival, 5th Borough Comedy Festival, Desi Comedy Festival, Plano Comedy Festival, Good Karma Comedy Festival, Jersey City Comedy Festival, and many others. Badar also won first place at the Think Your Pretty Funny stand-up comedy competition in Washington DC and placed in the top three at several other comedy competitions in Washington DC and New York City. He has become a crowd favorite and performed at clubs and venues in events in New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Oakland, Cleveland, Dublin, and Pakistan.