Saturday, March 31

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With Special Guest Arshad Khan

Directed by Arshad Khan | 80 min | English | Canada
Arshad always knew he was different. Soon after emigrating from Pakistan to Canada with his family, Arshad realized he was gay. Merging clips from Bollywood films, animation, and home movies that capture awkward teen phases as well as significant life revelations, Arshad narrates his own cathartic journey, alongside his entire family’s. With charming lyricism and a dash of good humor, director Arshad Khan shares a deeply personal story of self-discovery and familial reconciliation, as he explores the challenges that can threaten the bonds between children and their parents. ABU is an intimately open and dazzling visual memoir about the complex dynamic the filmmaker has with his father, who was at once extremely modern and also rigidly traditional and unaccepting of his son’s true self.

“Abu spans two continents and depicts Khan’s inner emotional world while reflecting his family’s struggle to reconcile with modernity. It is powerful and at times emotionally challenging to watch.” – Matthew Hays, POV Magazine

“The film just explodes and embraces every aspect of Indigenous and gender rights, immigration, religion and the whole issue of sexuality. It’s complicated, and universal.” – Deepa Mehta, filmmaker

This event is proud to be co-presented by: South Asian Arts Council and Queer Muslims of Boston