Majdhar

I admired the modest, yet straightforward manner of this short feature about a Pakistani immigrant in London who learns to navigate life on her own after her husband (also a Pakistani immigrant) leaves her for a British woman. This reminded me of some of Mike Leigh's TV work in how it considers the nuts and bolts of lower-middle-class life in England—the drama shows how Fauzia finds a job, pays her rent, and learns of her rights as a Pakistani immigrant. Writer-director Ahmed A. Jamal is interested in Fauzia's personal fulfillment too, but he recognizes that that's contingent on her being able to realize her needs. As the son of a social worker, I appreciated this worldview.