On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Delegation of the European Union to Nepal in association with the British Council Nepal presents the 7th European Union Film Festival (EUFF). 

Featuring over a dozen titles from across the European continent, this is the first time the Festival screened films in Pokhara, Kaski district (7 and 8 July 2018). In Kathmandu, public screenings are being held between 14 and 16 July 2018 at Nepal Tourism Board, Exhibition Road.

The goals of EUFF are to promote cultural exchange and increased understanding between European Union Member States, the UK and Nepal through the medium of film. Titles for the 2018 edition include documentaries on European art, heritage and culture, fiction films that champion the art of filmmaking and altogether engaging, though-provoking narratives. 

British Council is presenting the critically acclaimed drama, My Pure Land (2017) by Sarmad Masud to showcase the best of UK cinema at EUFF 2018. Additionally, it has invited film professionals, artists, architects and others to facilitate post-screening discussions on most films to create an immersive experience and critical dialogue around film as an art form and a cultural tool.

Check the official event page of the festival here


My Pure Land

My Pure Land is based on a true story. A young woman called Nazo and her mother and sister are called to defend their home after a bitter family feud leads to her father’s incarceration. In their isolated farmhouse in Pakistan, the women find themselves surrounded by armed men hired by their Uncle Mehrban to take back the land. When Nazo’s resistance leaves two of the men dead, an enraged Mehrban calls in a local ragtag militia - two hundred armed bandits. But even with only a handful of bullets left, Nazo refuses to give in…

About Sarmad Masud

My Pure Land is Sam’s first feature. Previously his short film; Two Dosas, funded by Film London was voted best film in their London Calling Plus category by David Yates and then went on to be long listed for both a BAFTA and an Oscar after picking up numerous awards on the festival circuit; winning at London Short Film Festival, Aspen shortsfest, River to River in Florence and Shufflefest voted by Danny Boyle. Sam also wrote and directed Adha Cup which was the first Urdu language drama commissioned by Channel Four, going on to develop it as a six part TV series with the BBC. 

Learn more about the film and its process, read an interview with filmmaker Sarmad Masud (from the download link below)