SLACKISTANJune 02, 2011



On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: SLACKISTAN (FilmBuff).



By Sky McCarthy

Few films coming from the Middle East focus on the inner turmoil of bored youths. Such a genre is frequently associated with young American directors and writers seeking to capture the backlash of living in a capitalist society with forgone ideals. In a region so mired by political turmoil, it is easy to forget that millions of people in this cultural region are probably living the same boring lives as any suburban American.

SLACKISTAN follows the intermingled stories of five privileged Pakistani teens as they struggle with young adulthood in a society deprived of any opportunity for forward thinking individuals. Instead of dwelling on the political instability, however, director Hammad Khan focuses on the various insecurities faced by his protagonists – ultimately creating a universally relatable story.


Hasan, the story’s leading male, is an aspiring filmmaker who struggles throughout the film to find an intriguing topic. His difficulty in pinning down a subject matter reflects every character’s inability to succeed at anything post-university while also mirroring the disturbing lack of cinema to come from the Middle East in recent decades. Despite no obvious obscenities (to Western eyes), SLACKISTAN has yet to be released in Pakistan due its use of the word “lesbian” and infrequent, but heavy, drinking.

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