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Synopsis

The independent-minded young women of the Mirza family have ambitious dreams for their lives and careers. Despite their earnestness, they face an uphill battle coming from a conservative Muslim family in Mumbai, India.

Kaikasha Mirza became enamored with cricket as a young woman, yet she was forbidden to play and forced to be a spectator in her burka. After months of persistence, Kaikasha eventually persuaded her father to allow her to remove her burka for the first time to become one of only a few Muslim women cricketers in all of Mumbai. Now Kaikasha is chasing her dream of playing for the prestigious Mumbai Senior Women’s Cricket Team. In the days leading up to the tryouts, Kaikasha’s parents give her the ultimatum that she will have two years to become a professional cricketer or they will arrange her marriage. Once married, her husband would likely not allow her to play, thus pinning all of Kaikasha’s hopes on the upcoming tryouts for the Mumbai team.

Kaikasha’s eldest sister, Saba, also has her own dreams for her career and yearns to become a model, yet she endures harsh criticism for wearing a niqab to interviews. Heena, the youngest sister, desires to become a fashion designer or a singer, but poverty may impede her pursuits. All three girls must contend with the wishes of their father who does not believe women should work, in addition to the whispered judgment of those in their community.

Purdah is a feature length documentary that follows each of the Mirza women as they battle through unexpected family crises, poverty, and intense societal pressure to pursue their dreams.

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Screenings

Monday, December 10th at 6pm – More Info

Asia Society Texas Center – Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8 pm – More Info / Get Tickets

Columbia College Chicago – Thursday, September 20th at 5:30pm – Get Tickets

Cinema Seefeld – Sunday, September 9th at 6pm – Get Tickets

Cinema Gauting – Tuesday, September 11th at 6pm – Get Tickets

HOYTS Highpoint – Thursday, August 16th 7:30 pm – View Site

Metropol Kino Stuttgart Saal 2 – Thursday, July 19th 4pm – Buy Tickets

Chinese Theatres in Hollywood – Sun, Jun 17th 5:00 PM  – Buy Tickets

3 Below – Sat, Mar 3 12:25 PM  – Buy Tickets

Century 20 Redwood City – Screen 10 – Mon, Mar 5 8:15 PM  – Buy Tickets

3 Below – Sat, Mar 10 10:00 AM  – Buy Tickets

Century 20 Redwood City – Screen 11 – Sun, Mar 11 10:45 AM  – Buy Tickets

The Team

Producer/Director/Cinematographer 

Jeremy Guy is an award winning director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. His work spans a wide variety of formats including narrative feature films, major television shows, and independent documentaries.

As a filmmaker, Jeremy has sought out films that push boundaries with challenging stories and that take risks with new visual styles. Many of these projects have played at prestigious film festivals including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and countless others around the world. Several of these films have won major awards, such as the feature documentary he recently shot, Beyond All Boundaries, which won six Best Film awards and, after its theatrical run, can now be seen on television, Netflix, and Amazon. Other award winning projects that he has shot or directed include Weak Species, that won four Best Film awards, Greatest Hits, winner of the 2Change Films filmmaking competition, and Perspectives, that the Santa Barbara Independent called “one of the best in the entire Santa Barbara International Film Festival.”

Documentary filmmaking is of particular interest for Jeremy because he feels that real life stories can be much more powerful and relatable than fiction. Jeremy had a great connection with the Mirza family and was honored to tell their story in Purdah.

Jeremy graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara Film Studies Program with Highest Honors and Departmental Honors before earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California in Film Production.

Producer

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India and grew up a cricket fan just like Kaikasha Mirza. My mother, an avid cricket fan to this day, handed me a plastic toy bat soon after I had learned to walk.

I came to the United States to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University. I continued my education at Stanford University, getting a Master’s degree in Economics, following which I worked for a few years as an economist in San Francisco. However, I found myself drawn to storytelling and went on to graduate school in Film Production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.

In 2008, I wrote and directed a short film titled “Andheri” (Darkness) – a realist drama set on the streets of Mumbai. The film went on to play at over 40 major film festivals around the world including the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand (France), Edinburgh (Scotland), Palm Springs Shortsfest, Nashville, San Francisco Asian American, Expression en Corto (Mexico), the Kerala Film Festival (India) and others. The film also won several awards at these festivals.

I wanted to return to Mumbai to make a film that featured a personal narrative and social commentary about the people of India. I believe my filmmaking experience in Indian conditions, my love for cricket, and my understanding of Indian and Western cultures, position me uniquely to make an interesting film.

Editor

Anisha Acharya is a Film Editor from Bangalore, India, currently based in Los Angeles. She completed her MFA in Film Editing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Her AFI thesis film Day One was nominated for an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category in 2016. Day One has won the Student Academy Award, a College Emmy and the US Student BAFTA Award. Her films have screened at the Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, AFI Fest, Camerimage and Mill Valley Film Festival among others. Anisha brings a strong narrative focus to her process. Making stories come to life on the big screen is her driving passion.

Editor

Salman Syed graduated from the prestigious American Film Institute with an MFA in Film Editing. He currently works as Lead Assistant Editor at Anonymous Content. His professional credits include Assistant Editor on VH1’s Barely Famous, the Cooking Channel’s Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Meet the Smiths on TBS, Discovery Channel’s One Man Army, and the independent features Raze, starring Zoe Bell and Rachel Nichols, McCanick, starring David Morse and Cory Monteith, and Editor on the Bollywood entertainment program Showbiz India.

Salman was raised in Southern California, and is an alumnus of Palos Verdes High School. It was there that he discovered his love of filmmaking and editing, and was a founding member of “Live From 205,” now one of the top high school broadcast programs in the country.

He received a BA in Film Production with an emphasis in Editing from Cal State University Northridge in 2010. While there he studied and edited under the guidance of CSUN and AFI alumnus Donald Petrie, and Michael Hoggan, A.C.E. He also served as a personal assistant for Ed Saxon (Oscar winning producer). At CSUN Salman edited the senior thesis films “Be Good to Eddie Lee” and “Giddy Up Grandma!” AFI gave Salman the privilege of learning under such great editors as Donn Cambern A.C.E., Stan Salfas, and Marty Nicholson among many others. At AFI Salman edited the AFI thesis films “Ghost Light” and “Greg.”

Sound Designer

Sung Rok Choi is a sound designer and re-recording mixer in Los Angeles.   He started his career as a sound editor for South Korean feature films including “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and “Barking Dog Never Bites.” Later on, he started working as a re-recording mixer focusing on dialogue mixing for films like “Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War.” In 2005, he was the supervising sound editor and mixer on the film Tale of Cinema, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. He came to the United States and joined the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2006 and ever since he has continued his career in film including sound design work on Snowpiercer. Sung Rok was nominated for MPSE Verna-Field Award in 2010 and 2011.

Composer

Marcello De Francisci is an American composer with an Italian-Argentinean background based in Los Angeles, California. His career began as a visual artist while attending fine art school in the city of Seville (an institution founded by famed Baroque painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo), later furthering his education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Spain. During the course of his studies he taught himself music and would soon discover his true passion was to score soundtracks to films.

Most of Marcello’s early childhood til his early twenties was spent traveling and living abroad due to his father’s work as an international sales manager for a company based in the U.S. He resided in countries throughout South America, the Caribbean, all across the U.S., North Africa, and, Spain. On his summer breaks from school he would venture across the straits of Gibraltar to Northern Morocco immersing himself in the culture of this historic place. These journeys and experiences were the building blocks of his temperament as an artist as well as the foundation to an extensive musical palette he brings to the motion picture soundtrack industry today.

In October of 2003 Marcello found the means to pursue a solo career as a film composer. In 2006 he won the best soundtrack of the year G.A.N.G. ward for his work on SCEA’s “God of War” game. Since he has scored a slate of award winning films including Natalie Portman’s Western “Jane Got A Gun” for The Weinstein Company and the anticipated sequel to “Baraka” art house documentary “Samsara”. He is a recipient of two Australian Film Critic’s Circle Awards for his work on “Balibo” and “Oranges & Sunshine”.

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