Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar's inspiring and probing documentary explores the complex relationship between India and her native country. Traveling the two nations, Sumar and Indian actress Kalki Koechlin witness radically changing political landscapes, their encounters giving rise to a personal and poetic search to uncover the voices of the silent majority, particularly those of women.

At home, Sumar has candid interviews with Pakistanis from different classes and regions, conversations where she is often the lone woman at the table. In India, Sumar and Koechlin speak with political figures and ordinary people, examining the rise of Hindu fundamentalism. As they despair at the decline of secular thought and the narrowing of expression they see in both nations, they also uncover the shared humanity beyond the divisive political rhetoric.

As nationalism surges in the U.S. and around the globe,  AZMAISH  is a valuable tool for sparking classroom conversations about intolerance, and also serves as an excellent primer for Americans on the India/Pakistan conflict from a woman's perspective.

" An inspiring and stunning transnational journey through India and Pakistan ." 
- Cameron Bailey, TIFF

" Sumar admirably covers all her bases while tackling the Indo-Pakistani divide in all its complexity." - POV MAGAZINE

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When Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar and co-director Sachithanandam Sathananthan request a dinner with President Musharraf as he's facing impeachment charges in 2007, to their surprise the request is granted. They engage him in an enlightening discussion about the past and his vision for the country. Going beyond the dinner table, the filmmakers interview a wide range of Pakistanis, revealing a nation full of contradictions.

"Confident and cool-headed, Ms. Sumar is a dynamic screen presence." 

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Sabiha Sumar was born in Karachi and studied at Sarah Lawrence College and Cambridge University. Her first feature, SILENT WATERS, won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003. Her first documentary, WHO WILL CAST THE FIRST STONE, won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival in 1998 and led to the quashing of death-by-stoning sentence for Shahida Parveen. Sumar's other documentaries include DON'T ASK WHY (1999), FOR A PLACE UNDER THE HEAVENS (2003), ON THE ROOFS OF DELHI (2007) and DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT (2007).
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