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In his directorial debut, Saim Sadiq plays with color, music, gender stereotypes, and prejudices in an emotional and beautiful film about a marginalized group in Pakistan.

We are introduced to a large Pakistani family, all living under one roof. One of the two brothers is expecting his fourth child, but unfortunately, it is yet another daughter. Now it’s up to the younger brother, Haider, married without children, to get a son that can carry on the family legacy. The differences between the two brothers are increased when the youngest gets a job in an erotic dance theater. There he falls in love with a transgender starlet, and complications ensue.

Joyland tackles sensitive topics such as patriarchal society, women designated to become babymakers, as well as homophobia and transphobia. It is an emotional and raw film, but also visually lively and beautiful. Pakistan has selected Joyland as its submission for best international feature at the Academy Awards 2023.


Saim Sadiq (b. 1991) is a Pakistani filmmaker. Saim's earlier documentary work was showcased on television, and his short films are acclaimed. Joyland is his first full-length film.


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