Saturday 20th August 2022

Live Screening of the 1998 film ‘Jinnah’ and conversation with Director Jamil Dehlavi

Our next in person event is a screening of the 1998 film Jinnah, followed by the film director Jamil Dehlavi in conversation with Mahmood Masood. The talk will cover Jamil’s career as an independent film maker with references to his other notable films.

Jamil has had a lengthy and varied career in film making here and abroad. Starting with Towers of Silence, his first experimental feature film which he wrote, produced and directed, and which won the Grand Prize for best experimental film at the Festival of the Americas, the conversation will cover a number of his memorable films including his latest work Blood Money, a short thriller based on a true story. He is however best known in Pakistan for his epic film Jinnah which he also wrote, produced and directed. The film starred screen legend Sir Christopher Lee, James Fox, Maria Aitken and the acclaimed Bollywood superstar Shashi Kapoor

Date and Time:

Saturday 20 August 2022 at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. The event is planned to finish at 4.30 pm.

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), at SOAS, University of London, 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG.  Please note that current venue restrictions only permit bottled water to be brought into the theatre.

Registration: For security purposes please advise your attendance on our website, by clicking here to register . The event is free for current members, their accompanying spouse/partner, and up to two other guests.

(Please note: As COVID-19 is still with us, our expectation is that all those attending this event will be fully vaccinated. Please carry a mask with you for your own and others safety).

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Jamil read law at Oxford University and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. He went on to study film directing at Columbia University in New York where he received a Master of Fine Arts. He has written, produced and directed many award-winning feature films which have been widely distributed all over the world to great acclaim and screened at renowned film festivals. His notable films following Towers of Silence (1978); comprise The Blood of Hussain (1980); Born of Fire (1986); Immaculate conception (1992); Jinnah (1998); Infinite Justice (2006); Godforsaken (2010); Seven Lucky Gods (2014) and Blood Money (2016).

Jamil has also worked on various projects for the BBC, Channel Four, and French Television including Passover, a passion play shot in Cordoba in collaboration with the celebrated flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, and QÂF-the Sacred Mountain, a homage to a volcano which won five international awards at environmental film festivals. Dehlavi has been honoured with retrospectives by the Karachi International Film Festival in 2006, Bite the Mango Film Festival in Bradford in 2007, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in South Africa in 2014, the British Film Institute in 2018, and the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival in 2021. He has also worked for the Radio & Visual Services Division at the United Nations and was a Professor in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Habib University in Karachi. His art work has been exhibited at UNESCO in Paris, the Koel Gallery and the Amin Gulgee Gallery in Karachi, and he participated in the Karachi Biennale in 2017 and the Lahore Biennale in 2019.

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