2017 / 80 minutes

Directed by
Arshad Khan
Country of production

Arshad always knew he was different. Soon after emigrating from Pakistan to Canada with his family, Arshad realized he was gay. With Abu, Arshad tells his own story self discovery at a cultural crossroads, and explores his complex relationship with his father – a man who was at once extremely modern, but also rigidly traditional and unaccepting of his son’s true self. Merging clips from Bollywood films, animation, and home movies, Abu is an intimately open and dazzling visual memoir about migration, family, and a young man’s search for a new identity that is at once Pakistani, Canadian and queer.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright
Language and subtitles
English Panjabi Urdu
Location(s) depicted
Canada Pakistan

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