Arshad Khan is a writer and director. In his directorial debut, Khan’s film, ABU, meaning “father,” chronical’s his family’s rise and fall in the wake of a country in turmoil and their eventual migration to Canada.
According to Indiewire.com, “The film mixes personal footage, interviews, and even a slew of Bollywood films to tell the story of Khan — a gay man who has long struggled to be authentic to his unaccepting family — and his father, a devout Muslim.”
We appreciate that Khan took some time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions.
Where was this film first screened in front of an audience (where you attended)?
LA Filmfest where we received a thunderous standing ovation.
What was your first experience at a “gay” movie? What did you see, where did you see it and who was with you?
In 1992, I took two buses and a subway in order to go all of the way to the other end of Toronto to rent the film, MAURICE, from a video store. I watched the movie by myself on VHS, hiding it from my family, and then went all of the way back to return it.
If you couldn’t make movies, what creative outlet would you choose?
Dance. I love dancing and expressing myself through that unholy medium.
With a shout out to James Lipton, what turns you on? Or off?
War and profit over people turns me off. BLM and activism for justice and social uplift turn me on.
How do you think your film is relevant to the Tampa Bay area?
I think Florida was responsible for George Bush Jr. And George Bush Jr is responsible for the war of terror on brown skin. That was the impetus for me to become and filmmaker. I think Florida must decide the future of the USA. And I think this is where change can come from.
Wednesday, October 11 @ 7:00 PM
AMC Sundial 20 + IMAX