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Fresh off his riveting, Oscar-nominated performance in Sound of Metal, Riz Ahmed (aka Riz MC) stars in and co-writes, with director Bassam Tariq, this fierce, hallucinatory “true fiction”– playing Zed, a tetchy British Pakistani rapper whose lyrics fulminate on immigrant identity and politics.
“This is gutsy, spiky independent filmmaking … Riz Ahmed affirms his standing as one of Britain’s most vital, risky actors.”- Guy Lodge, Variety
On the eve of his breakout world tour, Zed confronts a crisis that rekindles his fraught relationship with his father — an emotional deep-dive that’s also a metaphor for decades of Indian-Pakistani tensions. Feverish, vibrant dream sequences featuring a stalking marigold-faced spirit and Zed’s blazing hip-hop battles are intercut with his vulnerability and desperation. True to form, Ahmed delivers a knock-out performance—portraying a version of himself as well as something larger, facing both personal demons and those of history. (Dir. by Bassam Tariq, 2020, UK/USA, In English with English subtitles, 89 mins., Not Rated)