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Mara picks up ‘Slackistan’

Hammad Khan's debut to preem at Raindance

LONDON — Mara Pictures, a boutique distrib focusing on South Asian themed films, has acquired U.K. theatrical rights for “Slackistan,” Hammad Khan’s debut feature.

Pic looks at a group of idle rich youth who while away their lives in Pakistan’s sleepy capital Islamabad. Their cocooned existence is threatened when the country begins to fall apart.

Khan, who is a British Pakistani who works for the British Board of Film Classification and also co-wrote and co-produced the film, describes it as a “personal love letter to Islamabad and its young dreamers as they continue to search for their identity and future.”

Filming on location in Pakistan was a challenge and was done clandestinely, due to the spate of suicide bombings in the country.

“Kidulthood” helmer Menhaj Huda exec produced.

Pic will have its world preem at the Raindance Film Festival on Oct. 7 and will be released in the last quarter of the year.