Short Circuit Film Club is a monthly film event for filmmakers (or those looking to enter the industry) and is your chance to engage with films from around the world whilst networking with other like-minded professionals.
May’s edition of Film Club is a screening of Bassam Tariq’s fiction feature debut Mogul Mowgli. The film is also actor Riz Ahmed‘s debut writing credit. Short Circuit attendees can register here for the Gathertown networking event and will receive a discounted code to watch the film for £2.99.
This month’s Film Club event will take place on Thursday 27th May from 16:30-18:00 where you will be able to discuss the film and network with other filmmakers across Scotland.
This film is now available to rent on the Glasgow Film At Home platform here.
Bassam Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, finds a British-Pakistani rapper’s life spiralling out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness.
Although his cutting lyrics speak provocatively about identity politics, it is not until Zed (Riz Ahmed) returns home after two years on tour that he is called by his real name: Zaheer. But it is the vulnerability of illness and his decreasing mobility that brings both focus and fragmentation.
Memories and hallucinations merge to the beat of Qawwali music and are haunted by fervent apparitions of a masked figure, conjuring the unspoken spectre of Partition, which looms large in his father’s unspoken words. Further bruising Zed’s ego is his nemesis, RPG, a young rapper whose face tattoos and crass lyrics bewilder him.
Both a paean to the importance of cultural heritage and a sharply observed reflection on muscle memory, the richness of Tariq’s achievement lies in the details of this heady mosaic.
Please note: this film contains a scene of flashing images which may affect photosensitive viewers.