- Director: Saim Sadiq
- Producer: Owais Ahmed, Ramin Bahrani, Jennifer Goyne Blake, Tiffany Boyle, Apoorva Guru Charan, Oleg Dubson, Sana Jafri, Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, Kathrin Lohmann, Lauren Mann, Kathryn M. Moseley, William Olsson, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Hari Charana Prasad, Sukanya Puvvula, Elsa Ramo, Oliver Ridge, April Shih
Joyland is a film that defies genre, in equal parts romantic comedy, family drama and tragedy. This gem of a movie features incredible dialogue, beautiful cinematography, fully realised characters and some truly hilarious gags. It's a cliche, but you will laugh, cry but more importantly, think.
When the final credits roll you end up asking yourself, who is the villain in all of this? The answer is: society. All the characters in their own way are powerless victims of a patriarchal, heteronormative, deeply religious and conservative context that forces them into roles and circumstances that are beyond their control. The awful inevitability of their fates and the dark finale only serves to remind us that until we are all free to be ourselves, none of us are free.
A patriarchal family as they yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, while their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story begins to illuminates the entire family's desire for a sexual rebellion.