Behind the Scenes Of Rafina
The story of a young woman trying to find her place in the fashion and beauty industry in Karachi.
Rafina's work in the up-market salon and her life in a lower middle class colony come together to form a revealing microcosm of modern Pakistani society. Going beyond the clichéd settings of an Islamised Pakistan, the film enters the rarely seen world of Muslim high society. Having never worked on a feature film before, when I got the opportunity to work with Sabiha Sumar, any professional, young or experienced, would be too flabbergasted to say no. My experiences were from a fresh perspective. Feature films work in their own time zone. There is no concept of day or night, weekends and weekdays merge to one. In such a reality, where no walls exist, you see and experience a person sans any masks. The full gradient of their of their personas, from their highs and the lows are visible. And in turn they get to experience all of you. Directed by: Sabiha Sumar Starring: Amna Ilyas, Atta Yaqub, Beo Raana Zafar Producer: Sachithanandam Sathananthan, Sarah Radclyffe Co-production: Vidhi Films (Pakistan) in association with ZDF / ARTE (Europe) Duration: 96 minutes Status: Sundance film festival 2012.
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