Day Shall Dawn (R/I)

Dir: AJ Kardar



93 mins


Part of: India on Film

Khan Ataur Rahman, Tripti Mitra, Kazi Khaliq

An extraordinary collaboration between artists in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and the UK, Day Shall Dawn is a long lost treasure of Pakistani cinema.

Out of circulation for decades, AJ Kardar’s modernist masterpiece returned to the world stage in 2016 when a restored version was presented at Cannes.

From the week preceding the film’s initial release in 1958 when the government asked the producer not to go ahead with it, to October 2016 when the film was removed from Mumbai Film Festival’s line-up due to tensions between India and Pakistan, this film has long been denied the audience it deserves.

It is now ripe for rediscovery on our screens as a landmark classic of world cinema and a beautiful example of the Pakistani re-interpretation of European neo-realism.

Inspired by Manik Bandopadhay’s 1930 novel Padma River Boatman and penned by revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Day Shall Dawn focuses on the intimate struggles and infinite wells of humanity and dignity in the daily lives of fisherfolk in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), a world dominated by poverty and exploitative loansharking.

Booking Information


Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

0207 079 0476


Release Date

18 August 2017


35% / £100 MG (plus £21 handling fee)

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