To end a long-standing tribal blood feud between their clans in the volatile Kashmir region of remote rural Pakistan, elderly warlord Tor Gul (Abdullah Jaan) insists he be allowed to marry Zaineb (Saleha Aref), the daughter of chief Daulat (Asif Khan). Daulat agrees, even though Zaineb is a child. When his estranged wife Allah Rahki (Samiya Mumtaz; her character’s name translates as “God protects”) hears of this, it reminds her of her marriage at 15 and she makes a dash for freedom with her daughter that becomes an arduous journey through a land both familiar and hostile.

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The 29th annual Washington, DC International Film Festival focuses on relationships, character depth, and story. It is an opportunity to explore and discover. It is an adventure, and we invite you to enjoy the festival and all of its pleasures. 

Filmfest DC is an 11-day annual festival presenting more than 60 feature premieres, restored classics and special events to the general public. The majority of Filmfest DC presentations are Washington, DC premieres. The festival brings the finest in contemporary world cinema to the nation’s capital and has introduced over 1,000 feature and short films from over 55 countries to an ever-growing audience.

The festival is a District-wide event, bringing together the city’s film community in a spirit of cooperation and celebration. It is one of the longest running major cultural events in Washington, DC and credited with thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining programming. The Filmfest DC community includes the University of the District of Columbia, The National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Film Society, Landmark’s E Street Cinema, Goethe-Institut Washington, and Embassy of France.

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Dukhtar will also screen on Friday, April 24 at 8:45pm at the Landmark E Street Cinema