The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Language: English, Urdu
Run Time: 89 minutes
As the oldest daughter of Pakistani immigrants, Sheila finds herself in a delicate balance between two very different worlds. While studying performing arts at her university, Sheila longs to fit in with her peers, socializing and partying. But she is simultaneously navigating enormous pressures from her Canadian-Pakistani community. As her parents' relationship begins to deteriorate, Sheila attempts to step further into her own life. Yet stepping into adulthood is more complicated for Sheila than it is for the rest of her friends. For Sheila the exploration of her independence, sexuality, and intimate relationships directly clashes with her traditional upbringing. Struggling to cope with the compounded stress of it all, Sheila becomes increasingly isolated from friends and family on both sides. As the lines between reality and anxiety blur, Shelia is thrust into mental and emotional turmoil. An alluring portrait of a gradual unraveling, QUICKENING’s beautiful camerawork and cinematography immerse viewers into this powerful story of identity and belonging. —G.S.
Mimi Ohio Theatre
Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 5:10 PM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
Arooj Azeem, Ashir Azeem, Bushra Azeem, Dounia Alryani
Quickening Film Inc.