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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film From Pakistan: ‘Sawaan’

Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film From Pakistan: ‘Sawaan’

Saawan (Urdu: ساون‎‎), directed by Farhan Alam and produced and written by Mashood Qadri and Kalakar Films is based on a true story that took place when medics were going throughout Pakistan to administer the polio vaccine. The film stars Saleem Mairaj, Syed Karam Abbas, Arif Bahalim, Najiba Faiz and Imran Aslam in the lead roles.

Seen through the prism of the handicapped nine year old boy, deserted in a desolate valley in the mountains of Balochistanthat, the injustices of a tribal society with an inept feudal justice system are cruel signposts which society normally view as commonplace. The boy (the protagonist played by child prodigy actor Karam Hussein) is rejected by his father, intimidated by society, harassed by friends and left alone in a valley in the scorching heat to die due to his disability. Strengthened by memories and dreams of the love of his mother, he begins a

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