Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent


A rare and incisive female-centric documentary about the political and cultural landscape of contemporary Pakistan and India, 70 years after they divided.


Dir Sabiha Sumar
Prod Sachithanandam Sathananthan
Prod Co Vidhi Films

Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar and Indian actor Kalki Koechlin traverse their countries to examine a radically changing political landscape and the rise of intolerance. Sabiha Sumar returns to the LFF with an incisive and personal search for the future of her country, wondering how she, as a modern woman, fits into that society. She questions the genesis of Pakistan, soon delving into her ancestral roots in India. Accompanying her, Kalki Koechlin engages in a discussion that encompasses modern life. The conversations between the two women and their encounters with political figures and ordinary people gives rise to a personal and poetic search to uncover the voices of the silent majority, particularly those of women. This film reveals new perspectives on how peace can exist between the two neighbours, once divided by Partition. But as Sumar argues, it also shows the countries travelling on a similar path of religious extremism.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney