Pakistan Selects Busan Winner ‘Circus of Life’ For the Oscars

Pakistan Selects Busan Winner ‘Circus of Life’ For the Oscars
The Pakistan Academy Selection Committee has selected Sarmad Khoosat’s “Circus of Life” (aka “Zindagi Tamasha”) as the country’s entry in the 2020 Oscars’ international feature category.

The film had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019, where it won the prestigious Kim Ji-seok award.

Set in Lahore, the film chronicles the chaos that ensues in the life of a staid, devout elderly man when a video featuring him gets uploaded onto social media.

After being cleared by the censor board, the film had its release in Pakistan in January disrupted when a political party said that the content was blasphemous.

“I did not make ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ to hurt, offend or malign anyone. It’s a story about a ‘good enough Muslim’ – there was/is no mention of a sect, party or faction of any sort,” Khoosat said in a letter he wrote to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in January.
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