Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 Reel Asian Film Festival Screening: This Shaking Keeps Me Steady

Wednesday, November 14, 20187:00PM - 9:00PMExternal Event, Innis Town Hall Theatre
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue


The registration for this event is now CLOSED. Rush tickets will be available but entries are not guaranteed.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the show at the Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (entrance off of St. George Street)

Pakistan 2017
Urdu with English subtitles
14A • Toronto Premiere

Shehrezad Maher

Official Selection
2018 Montreal International Documentary Film Festival
2017 Visions du Reel

This visually reflective documentary by Shehrezad Maher attempts to reconstruct trauma — both of first responders in Karachi, confronted with death every day, and of the victims and survivors whose experiences are shown via televised re-enactments replayed for mass entertainment.

Originating from a prompt to two ambulance drivers in Karachi to retell their recurring dreams, this film explores the permeable boundaries between memory and fiction, and between lived trauma, its recollection, and its re-enactment. First responders reflect on the aftermath of violent events, while television re-enactment actors audition for, and perform the gendered roles of victim, perpetrator, and witness in scenarios ranging from the banal to the tragic. Unfolding through rituals, preparations, dreams, and performance, we never see the tragic events themselves, but instead catch traces of the extent to which they have been internalized by a society. -KE

Shehrezad Maher was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan (1988) and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She studied visual arts at Bennington College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University (2014). Her work has screened at institutions and festivals such as Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), RIDM (Montréal, Canada), the LA Film Forum (Los Angeles, CA), Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), and Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM).

This screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Michelle Buckley, an urban and economic geographer whose research lies at the intersections of urbanization, work and employment, and labour migration.

Please note, registration opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please arrive early as all tickets become void as of 15 minutes before showtime

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Cinema Studies Institute

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