‘Nar Narman’ is a short documentary on the life of Pakistani poet Iftikhar Naseem, regarded as the Urdu language’s first gay poet of modern times. Along with his poetry, Ifti, as he was known among his friends, had been actively involved in the civil rights movement in the United States; he was also inducted into Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of fame.

Though recognized as one of Urdu’s finest poets, Iftikhar Naseem’s flamboyance and his views on sexuality always landed him in controversy. In this film he talks about his journey from Pakistan in the 1970s to the US, his sexuality, undying love for Pakistan and more. The film is his epitaph: Ifti passed away in Chicago a few months ago.

Join us for a screening of the film and a Q&A with director Mazhar Zaidi, who also produced the award-winning feature film ‘Zinda Bhaag’.


Showing as a double-bill with Pride.


Mazhar Zaidi

Journalist and filmmaker Mazhar Zaidi is the producer of ‘Zinda Bhaag’. He worked with the BBC World Service in London for over 11 years, and headed the department of documentaries and current affairs at Pakistan’s leading English language TV channel, Dawn News, from 2008 to 2010. His film, ‘Nar Narman’, has been screened internationally and at the National Film Theatre in London.