Directed by: Bassam Tariq
UK/USA, 2020, 90m
In English and Urdu with English subtitles
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Emmy Award-winner Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and HBO’s The Night Of) stars as Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper who decides to fly home to the UK to visit the family before he embarks on his first world tour. In the midst of trying to reconnect with his parents and rummaging through cassettes of Qawwali music, he is suddenly struck down by an autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his big breakthrough moment is in danger of vanishing into thin air, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis, amplified by vivid hallucinations of his past and present fears. Long-buried childhood memories resurface with a vengeance, mingling with his father’s memories of fleeing India during the Partition and confronting Zed with his repressed cultural heritage. Nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards and winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, Mogul Mowgli is a bold, vital, and electrifying exploration of heritage, identity, and purpose.