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Travails of an immigrant

April 10, 2011

LAHORE, April 9: A short film -- Inaam -- based on socio-political issues faced by Pakistani immigrants in the United Kingdom was screened at Cinegold cinema, Bahria Town, on Saturday.

‘Inaam’ has made its mark in the 13th London Asian Film Festival 2011.

The film, which is based on a young man who struggles as an immigrant in a new culture, is the brainchild of Akifa Mian, the writer, director and producer of the film.

The movie was presented by Maas Laetaan Films, the creative director of which is Ms Mian who is also Assistant Professor of Theatre Film and Television Department at Beaconhouse National University.

The cast comprises Rez Kempton, Andrew Bolton, Shradhey Jani and Isabelle Defuat.

The movie was filmed at London with an international cast and crew. The production is about a Pakistani lawyer who comes to the UK to practice law. He lives a life where he sees his dreams drifting further and further away from him everyday. He gets stuck in a world of minicab business in gritty London. Throughout the story Inaam encounters prejudice and hostility from all sides; from David his regular English customer, from his unsympathetic Bangladeshi boss Abdul and from other passengers. Inaam cannot seem to accept the fact that surviving in a country that does not seem to want him means becoming virtually weatherproof.

This film project is the result of four-month research in the South Asian immigrant cab industry in London. The director in the film wanted to show the state of immigrants who come from under-developed countries and how they keep longing for home, their struggles, fears and lack of assimilation into local culture and the feeling of being lost in a western setting.

The aim of the film, according to the director, was to create a story which gives people a snapshot of this particular immigrant community which is surrounded by uncertainty and unlike the Pakistani immigrants who came to London 20 or 30 years ago.