About La La Begum
Runtime: 60 minutes
Two estranged sisters meet at their family home after 20 years and end up unearthing many skeletons in their closet.
Cast: Mohammad Ahmad, Shehrayar Zaidi, Jahanara Hai, Sonia Rehman, Humayun Saeed
Post Screening Discussion with Director Mehreen Jabar
Director: Mehreen Jabbar
Mehreen is a prolific and critically acclaimed Pakistani-American director and producer. Her extensive two decade long career includes TV series such as Daam, Doraha, Kahaniyaan, Mera Naam Yousuf Hai, Jackson Heights as well a number of made for TV films and short films like Lala Begum, Beauty Parlor & Daughters of the Late Colonel. She has earned numerous accolades and awards for her work, which has consistently brought her both commercial and critical success. Mehreen’s first feature film titled ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. It was awarded the FIPRISCI Prize by the International Federation of Film Critics, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival and was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for a week long run. It was released theatrically in Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom with digital distribution in the US. Her second feature film Dobara Phir Se which was shot in New York and Karachi had a successful theatrical release in Pakistan, the UK, USA and the UAE in December, 2016. Mehreen has been a member of the National Board of Film Censors in Karachi, a founding member of the KaraFilm Festival in Karachi, Pakistan and a founder member of the NGO WAR (War Against Rape). In 2012 She was invited to the Maisha Film Lab in Uganda – a non-profit training lab founded by director Mira Nair to be a directing mentor. She is the recipient of several awards for her work and has served as a jury member in many local and international film festivals. Mehreen lives in Brooklyn, New York.