Lamha To Screen At New York City International Film Festival
A Pakistani feature film, Lamha, has been officially selected to screen at the prestigious New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) this August. Starring Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza and Gohar Rasheed, the production of the film completed in Karachi earlier in June 2012. Produced by Meher Jaffri and Summer Nicks of Bodhicitta Works, and directed by debutant Mansoor Mujahid, Lamha will have its World Premiere at the New York City International Film Festival, which takes place this year from August 9 to 16. The film is intended to release theatrically in Pakistan later this year. The movie revolves around three characters that are linked together by a devastating accident, in an intricately woven story of loss, forgiveness and redemption. The music of the film is to be hailed as a piece of art in itself. Usman Riaz – the 21-year-old musical prodigy and 2012 TED Global Fellow, has composed the musical score of the film that features the vocals by the outstanding Zoe Viccaji. The rest of the film comprises of classic songs by the renowned Mehdi Hassan in a tribute to the late ghazal singer. Festival Director of NYCIFF, Roberto Rizzo said of Lamha, "As French poet Lamartine wrote 'There is one missing and the whole world is empty': the movie is about how to overcome this emptiness. Mansoor Mujahid treats this sensitive subject in the most subtle way, and the performance of Aamina Sheikh as a devastated mother makes it extraordinarily moving."