My Pure Land exclusive trailer: A feminist Western shot guerrilla style in Pakistan

The film tells the true story of one woman and her two daughters, who defended their home from 200 bandits 

Clarisse Loughrey
Thursday 07 September 2017 10:36 BST
Trailer: My Pure Land

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Louise Thomas

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A modern-day feminist Western, My Pure Land tells an incredible true story.

The film portrays the moment Pakistani woman Nazo Dharejo and her two daughters defended their land from the 200 heavily armed men that sought to claim it as a part of a familial feud; in their mind, the property would easily be taken with only women left to fight back. How wrong they were.

In telling Dharejo's story, the film alternates between the stand off itself, and the events which led up to it. Her strength and her resolve here become a tribute to all the women of Pakistan who have fought back against its oppressive, often violent patriarchal systems.

This marks British-Pakistani director Sam Masud's debut; shot in a guerilla style in Pakistan itself, the film had its world premiere at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.

Evoking the spirit of John Ford, My Pure Land is a tense, claustrophobic drama that offers a brand new spin on one of the most classic genres in film.

My Pure Land hits UK cinemas 15 September.

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