20 – 24.10.2021

The Blood of Hussain

Prophetic allegory

Jamil Dehlavi, 1980, Pakistan / UK,

Digital, Color, English & Urdu w English subs, 106’

In the presence of Jamil Dehlavi

Friday 22, 17:45, Cinéma Bellevaux

As a military coup looms, the interests of two brothers, Selim, who has married a European woman and works for the government, and Hussain, who supports dispossessed peasants, take opposite paths... By transposing the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussain, to contemporary times, Jamil Dehlavi goes beyond hagiography to create a multi-dimensional allegory that is sadly premonitory: a few weeks after the end of filming, Pakistani armed forces orchestrated a coup d'état and set up a dictatorship.

The films of Jamil Dehlavi:

> Born of Fire - Jamil Dehlavi, 1987, UK, 83'
> Immaculate Conception - Jamil Dehlavi, 1992, UK, 122'
> QÂF The Sacred Mountain - Jamil Dehlavi, 1985, UK / France, 27'
> Towers of Silence - Jamil Dehlavi, 1975, Pakistan, 51'

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