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IBFF 2021 Award Nominee

Student Film


Nominated for 3 awards:
Best Student Film, Best Costume Design and Best Score Composition (Music)


On 5th July 1977, aspiring actress Ara has an audition for a big film, and her housemaid Rukhsana has teaching her how to dance for it. The role practically belongs to Ara - until the director sees Rukhsana dance. Set against the backdrop of Zia-ul-Haq's oncoming Martial rule, Raqs offers the freedom of self-expression as the antidote to fearful rhetoric.


Annusheh Rahim


Annusheh Rahim


Arts Council of England


Rukhsana: Jessica Iqbal Ara: Anam Husain Aurangzeb: Bilal Dar Guard (Yousuf): Saeed Ahmed


Written & directed by: Annusheh Rahim Executive producer: Mehrunissa Amin Post Producer and Editor: Amit Kaur Director of Photography: Zayn Kamran Press and Festivals coordinator: Anoushka Chakrapani Musical director: Daniyal Honi Choreographer: Zikriya Iqbal Art director: Ilsa Gillani Makeup artist: Mina Khan Production manager: Shayan Ali Assistant director: Sara Yousuf BTS photographer: Ramsha Bilal

Original Story

Original Music

Main Spoken Language: Urdu
Budget: 1000 (US$)
Completion Date: 2021-05-31
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