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Purdah (Veil)
Purdah Poster.jpg
Directed byJeremy Guy
Produced by
  • Jeremy Guy
  • Sushrut Jain
  • Kaikasha Mirza
  • Saba Mirza
  • Al Heena Mirza
Music byMarcello De Francisci
CinematographyJeremy Guy
Edited by
  • Anisha Acharya
  • Salman Syed
Jeremy Guy Films
Distributed byIndie Rights
Release date
Running time
71 minutes
  • India
  • United States

Purdah is an independent documentary film directed by Jeremy Guy, starring Kaikasha Mirza, Saba Mirza, and Al Heena Mirza. The film had its World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in March of 2018.[1] [2]

The film screened at several Film Festivals which include Dances With Films, Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Houston, Fünf Seen Filmfestival, South Asian Film Festival of Montreal, River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival Münster, Imagine India International Film Festival, and other festivals worldwide.

Purdah is currently available on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube movies, Vudu, and Tubi via distributor Indie Rights. Purdah has also been licensed to several universities, public libraries, and the streaming service Kanopy via its educational distributor Collective Eye Films.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Purdah is the inspiring story of a young Indian Muslim woman who trades her burka for dreams of playing on the Mumbai Senior Women's Cricket Team and how the harsh realities for women in her country creates an unexpected outcome for her own family, ultimately shattering and fueling aspirations.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Kaikasha Mirza
  • Saba Mirza
  • Al Heena Mirza

Reception[edit | edit source]

The film had a very successful film festival run in 2018 and 2019. After being well received at four screenings at the Cinequest Film Festival, Purdah had its Los Angeles Premiere at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as part of Dances With Films.[3] Purdah went on to play around the world and was invited to screen in many Indian film festivals. The overall response to the film since being released online via Video on Demand has been largely positive.

KQED-FM, an NPR-member radio station in San Francisco, called Purdah, "A real-life Bend It Like Beckham."[4]

Purdah was named one of the Best Independent Films of 2019 by Rotten Tomatoes TomatoMeter critic, Marie Asner of Phantom Tollbooth. [5]

Purdah currently holds a 100% critic approval rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Accolades[edit | edit source]

  • 2018 Cinequest Film Festival – World Premiere, Official Selection
  • 2018 Dances With Films - Winner 3rd Place for Marketing Award, Best Documentary Nominee
  • 2018 Indian Film Festival Stuttgart - International Premiere, Official Selection
  • 2018 Indian Film Festival Melbourne - Official Selection
  • 2018 Chicago South Asian Film Festival - Official Selection
  • 2018 Fünf Seen Filmfestival (Five Lakes Film Festival) - Official Selection
  • 2018 Indian Film Festival of Houston - Best Documentary Nominee
  • 2018 South Asian Film Festival of Montreal - Official Selection
  • 2018 River to River Florence Indian Film Festival - Best Documentary Nominee
  • 2019 Chalo India - Indian Filmfest Münster - Official Selection
  • 2019 Imagine India Film Festival Madrid - Official Selection
  • 2019 Imagine India Film Festival Barcelona - Official Selection
  • 2019 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference - Official Selection
  • 2019 Big Syn International Film Festival London - Winner of the Special Mention Award, People's Choice Award Nominee
  • 2019 Named one of the Best Independent Films of 2019 by Rotten Tomatoes critic, Marie Asner of Phantom Tollbooth
  • 2020 Indie Film Awards - Best Documentary Nominee

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • "Guy wins the trust (and often disarming candour) of his subjects, and hits it for six" - Projected Figures
  • "This is a film with a lot to say" – Eye For Film
  • "An insightful and inspiring story of female empowerment through sport" - Screen Anarchy
  • "A real-life Bend It Like Beckham" - KQED-FM an NPR-member radio station
  • "The ending is uplifting and empowering, which makes the movie worth watching at least once" – Film Threat
  • "It’s a film about perseverance, and I feel like that’s one of the most inspirational emotions a film can instill in its viewer" - Just Add Color
  • "The film is compelling in that the camera is part of the family" - The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "Purdah And The Dreams of a Muslim Girl" - The Citizen
  • "My pick of what to see" - Culver City Observer
  • "This is also why I love Cinequest" - Metro Silicon Valley
  • "Purdah (Veil) Hosts Los Angeles Premiere Screening at Dances With Films" - PR Web

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "PURDAH: Trailer Premiere for Jeremy Guy's Documentary About Women in Sport in Mumbai". Screen Anarchy. February 12, 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. "Cinequest - Purdah". Cinequest Film Festival. March 3, 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. "Jeremy Guy's Directorial Debut of 'Purdah' ('Veil') Hosts Los Angeles Premiere Screening at Dances With Films on June 17, 2018". PRWeb. May 29, 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. "Cinequest Brings Glamor and Substance to South Bay Theaters". KQED.org. February 21, 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. "The Best & Worst of 2019". Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  6. "Purdah". Retrieved 23 June 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]

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