Dir: Kenny Glenaan

United Kingdom (UK)


87 mins



Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson

Archie Panjabi and Renu Setna star in an urgently compelling drama about Islamophobia and prejudice in post-9/11 Britain.

“The second feature from Kenny Glenaan, whose award-winning Gas Attack so impressed, Yasmin is a welcome reminder that British film-making can tackle timely social issues in an engaging and entertaining way. Scripted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full MontyThe Darkest Light) after months of research and workshops with the Muslim community in the North of England, Yasmin’s story explores what it means to be Asian, Muslim and British.

Having rebelled against her Pakistani upbringing as a teenager, sparky, confident Yasmin (Panjabi) has grown adept at juggling her Westernised working and social life with her more traditional culture at home. But after the September 11 attacks she is ostracised at work and increasingly subject to overt Islamophobia. When her husband is arrested by the police and held without charge, she is forced to re-evaluate her faith, her culture and her relationships. The harsh realities of prejudice and discrimination in a climate of poverty and fear are never trivialised, but rather treated with a refreshing degree of humour, irony and understatement.”

BFI London Film Festival

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