A Paradise Lost: A Paradise Gained by Zehra Nawab
A Paradise Lost: A Paradise Gained is set in the backdrop of the British colonial rule in the Indian Subcontinent in the mid 20th century. The story is based in Karachi, in the city I grew up in, a city that is my home and my muse. The tale of a day in the life of the Provincial Governor’s wife and her Indian female servant in 1937 will be based on some actual characters from history, situated in buildings that exist and inspired by research documented in books but I explore them through a human lens, imagining some of the emotions, sights, the pains and the joys. The aim is to use the residency to see how a story can be woven into a one-person script consisting of dialogue, prose, poetry and possibly movement.
ARTIST: Zehra Nawab is an actor and director for film and theatre who was most recently seen as the main lead of the play ‘In Transit’ staged at the Alumnae Theatre, Toronto. She made her feature-film acting debut in 2021 with Pakistani film ‘Khel Khel Mein’ and will be seen next on our screens essaying the lead in award-winning Canadian director Shazia Javed’s ‘Second Chance Hina,’ scheduled to be released this year.
Zehra is the co-director of shortfilm ‘Farzana’ which was the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts grant, 2021. She was the second Assistant Director in Director AW Hopkins’ ‘Flypaper’ produced by the Canada Film Centre and also in Canadian Screen Awards-nominee Mary Galloway’s shortfilm ‘Better at Texting’. The experimental art film ‘Mad Mad Mad Film World’ on which she was a co-director premiered at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver in January 2021.