//Short Films

The Rogers

Tuesday: 31/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: NCHR  (for info email: karachi@aksfestival.com)

Short Documentary

Directed by: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson |  Country: USA | Year: 2019 | Duration: 16  min | Language: English with English Subtitles

An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands -the Rogers of Samoa. From the loneliness of family rejection and homelessness to the camaraderie of church, cooking, and dance, their stories reveal the challenges and possibilities of life in an island society rooted in culture and tradition.

Fuggiro Tanto Amore

Saturday: 21/3 @ 8:00 p.m. - Venue: Olomopolo, Lahore

Short fiction

Directed by: Raúl Lorite |  Country: Spain | Year: 2019  | Duration: 10 min | Language: Spanish with English Subtitles

Diana and Álex are two music students in a conservatory. One afternoon they meet at her place to prepare for an audition. The unexpected presence of Diana’s boyfriend, Héctor, is disturbing for Álex. 


One More Please

Saturday: 21/3 @ 8:00 p.m. - Venue: Olomopolo, Lahore

Short Fictions

Directed by: Aleksei Borovikov  | Country: USA | Year: 2019 | Duration: 6 min  | Language: English with English subtitles

A young lonely man goes to a bar to get wasted on Valentine’s Day. Besides forgetting that love is unavoidable. We may fall in love unexpectedly in the oddest situations and places, even when we give up on all our hopes. 






The Last Romantic

Sunday: 22/3 @ 2:00 p.m. - Venue: Olomopolo, Lahore

Short Fictions

Directed by: João Cândido Zacharias |  Country: Brazil  |  Year: 2019  |  Duration: 12 min  |  Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles

Two young individuals share different points of view of the same sexual encounter in a public space. “The Last Romantics” is about the freedom of encounters and the liberty of unexpected connections. It is also about the sharing of experiences between marginalized people and the happiness of being what one is. In an ideal world, it would not be a political film, but a simple romantic comedy. 



Saturday: 21/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: Olomopolo, Lahore

Short Fictions

Directed by: Sahil Rakesh Grover |  Country: India, Year: 2019  | Duration: 10 min  | Language: Urdu  with English Subtitles

Inspired by Saadat Hassan Mato’s short story with the same name “Dhuaan ” is about the psyche of a young boy, we can all relate to. Bewildered by the darker tone of our world, he struggles to understand the difference between the flesh of animals and humans. To him both occupy a similar space-time dimension, both have blood running under them. Sometimes the inquisitive side of children brings them face to face with the truth, a truth they are barely capable of understanding. His own body betrays the very foundation of his ethics and all that he is left with is frustration.


Banality of Evil

Saturday: 21/3 @ 8:00 p.m. - Venue: Olomopolo, Lahore

Short Fictions

Directed by: Julian iliev  | Country: USA | Year: 2019  | Duration: 12 min | Language: English with English Subtitles

In a world where the law is black and white and policed without leniency, an immigrant becomes the lowest commodity.  Juan attempts to stand up to his interrogators while enduring mental and physical abuse to uncover his digital security; the results of which, give authorities full access to his private life. In this climate of Neo McCarthyism, immigrants endeavor to survive this new world doctrine, which is in direct violation of the 1948 Geneva convention.


Roshan & Mani

Saturday: 21/3 @ 8:00 p.m. - Venue: Olomopolo, Lahore

Short Documentary

Directed by: Rishaya Palkhivala  | Country: India  | Year: 2019  |  Duration: 20 min  | Language: Gujarati and English with English Subtitles

Through the lives of two elderly Parsi (Zoroastrian) sisters who are living together, we experience an array of human emotions- love, anger, helplessness and the reality of ‘growing old’. With equal portions of humor and despair, we see how humans cope with mortality.