A Sufi Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

‘Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall’ – Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

‘A nuanced interpretation…faithfully translates the spirit of Measure for Measure…watch this film and be challenged’- Adnan Murad, Huffington Post
‘In Urdu and in Arabic, 'rahm' means mercy, compassion. It's a fitting title for a film adaptation from Pakistan of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. The film, like the play, explores justice and mercy, strength and tyranny, individual courage and complex moral choices. 'A plea for tolerance from the heart of the Muslim world', Rahm could hardly be more timely.’
- Peter Oborne

Premièring at the 19th London Asian Film Festival – Tues 14th March
Release Date – Fri 17th March
Lahore at an imaginary time....

A kindly Governor goes into hiding after appointing a younger, puritanical Deputy in his place who is convinced that Lahore needs harsher punishments and strict implementation of laws.

Fear begins to grip the city as a young man is condemned to death after getting his fiancé pregnant on the accusations of her parents. Sameena, his sister, begs the Deputy for mercy. He refuses at first but can’t resist her beauty and offers her a deal that requires Sameena to dishonour herself in exchange for commuting the death sentence on her brother. Sameena has to outwit him, and, with the help of the disguised ex-Governor they attempt to turn the tables in a gripping climax.

A British/Pakistani production from Director Ahmed Jamal and Writer/Producer Mahmood Jamal, Rahm is part of the emergence of cinema from Pakistan. This is a timely and much needed story on tolerance and forgiveness, cutting across national and cultural boundaries reaching out to our common humanity.

With rising star Sanam Saeed (Sameena) - an actress making waves in Pakistan and now internationally - and well renowned Pakistani actor Sajid Hasan (Governor), Rahm is the first Sufi adaptation of a Shakespeare play. As a unique interpretation of Measure for Measure shot on location in Lahore, Pakistan, it continues his indelible legacy on screen.

Release Date: 17th March 2017
Running Time: 103mins
Certificate: 12A
Website - http://www.rahmthemovie.com/
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For further information, contact:
Tom Finney
Tel: 0207 255 2494 / 07939 974289
Suman Bhuchar
Tel: 07930 101894

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