Pakistani student’s (Umar Riaz) film selected at Raindance Film Festival

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SwitzerlandA short film is made by Pakistani student Umar Riaz, of New York University film department. It has been selected for the 20th Raindance Film Festival and it has been screened at Picadilly Circus in UK.

The festival is Europe’s leading independent film festival, which aims to develop and promote independent films and film-makers from across the world.
The creative Pakistani student Umar Riaz was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science out of approximately one thousand college entries from across the world.

Pakistani student Umar Riaz has received enormous appreciation in New York. The film is inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe story and is set in 1947 at the partition and creation of Pakistan.


The short film focuses on the final moments of Arastu Jan (played by Umer Riaz himself) who is an isolated butler to an old British colonialist.

This short film is produced by Alexis Gambis, Shruti Ganguly and Heather Jack. Extensive portions of the film were shot in Lahore.
Earlier, in the same year Pakistani student Umer Riaz performed at the important Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. The talented Pakistani Umar Riaz gained a great fame on international level that is really a proud for Pakistani nation.