Sarmad Masud

urdu – english and italian sub.
97’, col., dcp, UK, 2017

Sarmad Masud

Haider Zafar

Olly Stothert

Tristan Cassel-Delavois

Suhaee Abro, Eman Malik, Razia Malik, Syed Tanveer Hussain

My Pure Land is a film based on a true story. A young woman called Nazo and her mother and sister are called to defend their home after a bitter family feud leads to her father’s incarceration. In their isolated farmhouse in Pakistan, the women find themselves surrounded by armed men hired by their uncle Mehrban to take back the land. When Nazo’s resistance leaves two of the men dead, an enraged Mehrban calls in a local ragtag militia – two hundred armed bandits. But even with only a handful of bullets left, Nazo refuses to give in…

My Pure Land is Sarmad Masud’s first feature. Previously he shot the short film Two Dosas, winner of the Audience Award at River to River in 2014, and then went on to be long listed for both a BAFTA and an Oscar after picking up numerous awards on the festival circuit, winning at London Short Film Festival, Aspen shortsfest, and Shufflefest voted by Danny Boyle. Masud also wrote and directed Adha Cup which was the first Urdu language drama commissioned by Channel Four, going on to develop it as a six part TV series with the BBC.