Hamza Bangash’s 1978 going to Locarno Film Festival


Director Hamza Bangash with a list of eyebrow raising credentials wins another one with a premiere in-competition for his movie 1978. A frequent in international film festivals, he has won awards and international premieres and is nothing short of a visionary in the local film industry. He broke the news in an Instagram story: “There is so much I want to say about this film, and so many people without whom it wouldn't have been possible. This is by far my most ambitious project. We built a disco. Recorded original songs. Non-actors. The list goes on. But the first thing that comes to mind is the two men who made this film happen. My incredible executive producers, Rashid Maqsood Hamidi and Abid Merchant. Making a film takes a village, but this one felt like it took an entire city. Which makes sense, since the film is about a city – Karachi – that no longer exists. A city that was once the "Paris of the East." Here’s wishing the ace director best of luck in the competition.”