Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Quickening

Year: 2021
Country: CANADA
Language: English, Urdu
Run Time: 89 minutes

Quickening
Quickening
Quickening
Quickening

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.

CIFF46 Screenings

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
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Sidebars
Asian Cinema
Women of the World

Competitions
New Direction Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director

Director
Haya Waseem

Producer
Yona Strauss

Screenwriting
Haya Waseem

Cinematography
Christopher Lew

Editing
Brendan Mills

Principal Cast
Arooj Azeem, Ashir Azeem, Bushra Azeem, Dounia Alryani

Film Contact

Film Sponsor

Consulate General of Canada

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