DIRECTOR: Partho Sen-Gupta
AUSTRALIA / 2019
FRI 1 – SUN 17 MAY 2020
RUNNING TIME: 120 MINS
Muslim girls don’t just ‘go missing’
Nominated Best Director 2018 – Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
This confronting film could be drawn from tonight’s headlines: an outspoken Muslim woman goes missing; fake truths blur the facts; her family face vilification from prejudiced observers. As a result, racial, religious and national loyalties are drawn breaking-strain tight along prescribed – but not necessarily logical – lines. Described by Variety as a “riveting Aussie thriller,” this new film from award-winning French director Partho Sen-Gupta explores the sometimes awful choices that face ordinary people when things go unexplainably wrong. The police, brothers and sisters, servicemen and women, even politicians are all dragged into the film’s high-tension search for the truth and for the disappeared Ameena (Danielle Horvat) set to the background of a potential terrorist threat. The key role, Ameena’s brother Tariq (played by Palestinian actor Adam Bakri) finds himself torn between family, adopted country, family and religion by his sister’s disappearance. Filmed on the streets of Sydney’s Bankstown, Slam’s fast-paced and realistic plotting will keep you as mesmerised while it plays as it will keep you questioning what you see when you watch tomorrow’s TV reports.
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