Surrey604 recently attended the Surrey screening of Seedlings (Lamha), directed by Mansoor Mujahid, and produced by Meher Jaffri of Bodhicitta Works. With an original screenplay by Summer Nicks, this film from Pakistan made its Canadian premiere during the SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival.
Seedlings has captured much positive attention in the last few months, receiving six nominations at the New York City International Film Festival that took place in August. The film was awarded the Peoples’ Choice Best Film and Actress in a Lead Role went to Aamina Sheikh for her performance of Maliha. Mohib Mirza (Raza) was nominated for Best Lead Actor and and Gohar Rasheed (Anil) for Best Supporting Actor. All three deserve recognition for their outstanding portrayals in this character-driven piece.
Seedlings follows the lives of a young couple, Mahila and Raza as they struggle to come to terms with the tragic death of their son. The film uses art and beautiful cinematography to explore the universal themes of loss, forgiveness and love. The main and supporting characters in the film are significant elements to the story that illustrates not only how our lives are interconnected, but also how every individual finds their own path to understanding.
I had the opportunity to speak with Seedlings Producer, Meher Jaffri about the challenges and opportunities in the making of the film and production. Meher calls Pakistan her home now, but she has also lived in Toronto and attended McGill University. We talked about her start and her personal experiences in the film industry. Meher gave us some insights into the obstacles faced in the distribution of this genre of film and the current climate of the film industry in Pakistan. She also touched upon the use of social media in targeting a niche market to spread the word for films like Seedlings that typically receive less attention than the big budget films.
For more on Seedlings and Meher Jaffri, check out our video interview below. Thank you to Meher and the cast and crew of Seedlings for a thoughtful and beautiful film. We were very impressed with the film, especially when we learned that it was shot in only fourteen days. If you want to explore a Pakistani film and support South Asian cinema, do find out more about Seedlings. We were very fortunate to have this film featured at SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival.
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