JOYLAND is an Urdu and Punjabi-language Pakistani drama film written and directed by Saim Sadiq in his feature film directorial debut. It was the first Pakistani film to be shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film at 95th Academy Awards. It won the Jury Prize and Queer Palm Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. JOYLAND is an achingly honest, luminous drama tackling gender and desire.
Synopsis: In inner-city Lahore, a severe patriarch (Salmaan Peerzada) is the head of the middle-class Rana family, which includes his two sons, daughters-in-law, and four granddaughters. He wants his children to give him a grandson and forces his daughter-in-law Mumtaz (Rasti Farooq) to quit her job after Haider (Ali Junejo), his younger son and her husband, finds work at an erotic dance theater. But all changes when Haider falls in love with Biba, a transgender dancer (Alina Khan).
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