The Time is Now? is a series of screenings of Black and Asian films from 1980s-today curated by June Givanni. Read more >>
We screen two films relating to Sifism, a concept in Islam defined by scholars as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. Others contend that it is a perennial philosophy of existence that pre-dates religion, the expression of which flowered within the Islamic religion. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A session chaired by June Givanni (Pan African Cinema Archive).
Utterance (1990) dir. Pervaiz Khan
A film about Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997), a Pakistani musician and leading singer of Qawwali, which is the devotional music of the Sufis and Sufism (the inner mystical dimension of Islam). Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences.
Rham (Mercy) (2016) dir. Ahmed Jamal
In Urdu and in Arabic, 'rahm' means mercy, compassion. It's a fitting title for a film adaptation from Pakistan of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. The film, like the play, explores justice and mercy, strength and tyranny, individual courage and complex moral choices. 'A plea for tolerance from the heart of the Muslim world', Rahm could hardly be more timely. Adapted for the screen by writer and producer Mahmood Jamal who asserts that when Shakespeare wrote Measure for Measure, the historical situation in England was similar to that of the contemporary Muslim world – with the Puritans of Shakespeare’s days finding their equivalent in the Islamists of today with their obsession with punishment and uniformity of belief, almost a suffocating denial of diversity. This film is a preview screening as it hasn't been released in the UK yet.
Free, The Space
2 - 5pm