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My Pure Land Rated 15

My Pure Land

Dir. Sarmad Masud. UK, 2017. 1h 38m. Urdu/subs. Starring Suhaee Abro, Tayyab Ifzal, Eman Fatima, Syed Tanveer Hussain, Atif Akhtar Bhatti, Salman Ahmed Khan.

Three women take up arms to defend themselves against their uncle and a team of bandits threatening to take over their home. A cleverly constructed modern-day western set in Pakistan that favours tension over action.

’It's lyrical, heart-poundingly tense and strikingly feminist.’ ★★★★ Ed Potton, The Times

'Most striking ... is the way Masud portrays strong independent women overcoming their struggles in this patriarchal society.’ Louise Busfield, Little White Lies