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Perween Rahman standing in front of city mapA biopic of architect and urban planner Perween Rahman will open the South Asian Documentary Film Festival, March 8 on the UWindsor campus.

Film festival to screen South Asian documentaries

An architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman dedicated her life to the poor of Pakistan. After her pioneering work in the slums of Karachi set her on a collision course with the city’s criminal gangs, Rahman was shot dead by armed assailants.

The biographical film Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist, by director Mahera Omar, will open the South Asian Documentary Film Festival on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8.

The event, at 11:30 a.m. in room 203, Toldo Health Education Centre, will also feature a screening of Is it too much to ask, which chronicles the obstacles and social stigma encountered by transgender women seeking a rental apartment in Chennai.

Women’s and gender studies professor Urvashi Soni-Sinha will introduce the films and lead a discussion afterward.

The festival will continue with screenings in the SoCA Armouries' Performance Hall:

  • Shepherdess of the Glaciers, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • Overruled, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14
  • Fireflies in the Abyss, 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 15
  • Demons in Paradise, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16

Sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media and Film; the women’s and gender studies program; and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; all events are free and open to the public.

Find details on the festival website.