Joyland—named Best International Feature at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards—is set in Pakistan’s patriarchal society. Haider, the youngest son in a traditional family, secretly becomes a backup dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque. He falls for the lead performer, who is transgender. Once discovered, their relationship has a profound effect on Haider’s family. Since premiering at Cannes, this groundbreaking film has earned multiple honors at international film festivals.

Access to Films in Brown Auditorium Theater
While the entry from Main Street into the Law Building is under construction, park in the Beck Building garage (1144 Binz Street) and take the Wilson Tunnel to the theater. Construction does not affect access to Lynn Wyatt Theater in the Kinder Building. Campus Map

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Community Partner: Big Queer Picture Show


Directed by Saim Sadiq
(Pakistan, 2022, 126 minutes, in Punjabi and Urdu with English subtitles, Digital)
Brown Auditorium Theater


Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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