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The Vigil: Film and Panel Discussion
Aga Khan Museum Artist-in-Residence Tehreema Mitha stars in this autobiographical film about her efforts to revitalize a 4,000-year-old dance tradition in Pakistan. Directed by Arya Surowidjojo, The Vigil (30 minutes) tells of Mitha’s struggles to mount a dance tour of Islamabad, Karachi, and her hometown of Lahore in the face of legal obstacles and threats to her personal safety. It also follows Mitha’s challenges reaching audiences in her new American home.
This screening is preceded by a short dance performance by Mitha and followed by a panel discussion about “Women in Dance in Muslim Societies” with Mitha, Professor Zulfikar Hirji (Professor of Anthropology, York University) and Professor Ali Kazmi (Professor of Film, York University).