Opening Night: Mogul Mowgli
with Director Bassam Tariq
On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides to fly home to the UK to visit the family he has not seen in two years. In the midst of trying to reconnect with his parents and rummaging through cassettes of Qawwali music, he is suddenly struck down by an autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his big breakthrough moment is in danger of vanishing into thin air, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis amplified by vivid hallucinations. Long-buried childhood memories resurface with a vengeance, mingling with his father’s memories of fleeing India during Partition and confronting Zed with his repressed cultural heritage. Giving center stage to incendiary rap lyrics and a striking central performance by actor Riz Ahmed, a rapper himself, Tariq’s debut feature film is a disquieting and electrifying exploration of male malady, family frictions, social mobility, and transnational citizenship.
This film is only available in Texas.
|Country, Year||United Kingdom, 2020|
|Writer||Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed|
|Cast||Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan|
|Producer||Thomas Benksi, Bennett McGhee, Riz Ahmed, Michael Peay|
|Runtime||89 MINS, SECS|
|Event Type||Drive In, Film|
Bassam Tariq is a Houston and NYC bred documentary and narrative filmmaker, screenwriter and producer born in Karachi, Pakistan. His debut fiction feature Mogul Mowgli, starring Riz Ahmed, premiered at Berlinale 2020 and won the International Critics Prize. He is a TED Fellow and was named Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” His previous film Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019) won the Short Film Jury Prize at Sundance and was released as a Netflix Original. In 2015, he was a fellow of Sundance’s Art Of Non Fiction Residency and participated in the 2017 Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab for his first narrative feature. In 2019, he accepted the Field of Vision Fellowship helmed by Laura Poitras. His work aims to uncover the diversity of Muslin life and experience.