OUT at The Movies: JOYLAND
April 14-FRIDAY | Group gathers at 6:40 PM for 7:00 PM Screening | Jacob Burns Film Center | We encourage everyone to buy tickets in advance, online
Joyland explores the many sides of love and desire in a patriarchal society. Gentle and timid Haider (Ali Junejo) lives with his wife Mumtaz (Rasti Farooq), his father, and his elder brother’s family in Lahore, Pakistan. Following a long spell of unemployment, Haider finally lands a job at a Bollywood-style burlesque, telling his family he is a theater manager, when in actuality he is a backup dancer. This unusual position shakes up the steadfast traditional dynamics of his household, enabling Haider to break out of his shell. As he acclimates to the new job, Haider becomes infatuated with the strong-willed trans woman Biba (Alina Khan) who runs the show; an unforeseen partnership that opens his eyes—and ultimately his worldview—in ways both unexpected and intimate.