An Evening With Mehreen Jabbar

In Conversation with Filmmaker, Mehreen Jabbar

Join us for a screening of Mehreen’s 1998 short film, Beauty Parlour, and a sneak preview of her upcoming feature film, Ramchand Pakistani. After the screening, Mehreen will answer questions from the audience.


Screened in numerous film festivals around the world, Beauty Parlour is a short film about identity and desire, traced through the lives of 3 women and a eunuch.
Note: The film contains strong language in Urdu and English.

Inspired by actual events, “Ramchand Pakistani” depicts how an accidental crossing of the Pakistan-Indian border at a time of war-like tension dramatically changes the lives of a poor Pakistani Hindu “untouchable” peasant family comprising a little boy, his father and his mother.

Mehreen Jabbar graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a Film, Television and Video certificate, and returned to Pakistan to direct and produce made-for-TV movies and drama series/serials under the banner of TasVeer Productions. Mehreen went on to direct tele-films and TV series for numerous TV channels in Pakistan, in addition to a number of short films which have aired in festivals worldwide. “Ramchand Pakistani” is her first feature length film, to be released later this year. Mehreen has been a member of the National Board of Film Censors in Karachi, a founding member of WAR (War Against Rape), the KaraFilm Festival in Karachi, and has also served as a juror at the Leeds International Film Festival in 2002. She currently resides in New York City.

Date: Wednesday 2nd April, 2008

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