A film by Seemab Gul
A window into the life of the first female taxi driver in Pakistan. Zahida is a fascinating insight into the personal and professional trials undertaken by a unique woman.
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Zahida Kazmi is the first female taxi driver in Pakistan and a local legend.
Independent, feisty and street-wise, she is a master hustler. Twice a widow and 56
years old, she is fighting to make a living on the dusty roads of Rawalpindi. A
mother to 7 year old Zara, she continually juggles motherhood with life behind the
wheel. Reciting beautiful poetry in quiet nostalgic moments off the road, Zahida
reflects on her fate. Zahida is a fascinating insight into the trials faced by a
determined woman carving her own path within a patriarchal society.
Human Rights Film Festival 2018 (Pakistan)
Premiered at Pakistan International Film Festival 2018 (Pakistan)
Won Best Short Film Audience Award at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival 2018 (USA)
Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival 2019 (UK)
WOW Festival 2019 (Pakistan)
17 Degree Festival Internazionale Segni della note 2019 (Italy)
62nd International Leipzig Fest for Documentary and Animated Film 2019 (Germany)
Polyloid Filmfest 2020 (Germany)
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About the Filmmaker
Seemab Gul is the producer, director and camera operator of this documentary film. This film was supported by CBA WorldView and was developed at ESoDoc International. Seemab’s other works have premiered in HotDocs, SXSW, Sheffield Doc Fest, Geneva Contemporary Art Centre and many international festivals and galleries. Her films have been supported by Arts Council England, and broadcast on Channel 4 and Al Jazeera English. Seemab is a graduate of the London Film School. www.seemabgul.co.uk