About the film

Salaat weaves a breadth of imagery from the burning, decaying beauty of the land through lush forests to the stark desolation of winter and beyond.

Five different women walk, ride and work through the day and each performs prayer or ‘Salaat’ at one of five different times. This structure also offers a glimpse at the beauty, stress and contradictions of people interacting throughout the day.

‘Salaat’ revolves around the five Muslim prayers ‘Fajr’ (sunrise), ‘Zohar’ (mid-day), ‘Asr’ (afternoon), ‘Maghrib’ (sunset) and ‘Isha’ (evening). The film begins with ‘Isha’ and ends the next day at ‘Maghrib’ with each prayer being performed in real time amidst stunning settings.

Cast & Crew


Written, Produced & Directed by Kaz Rahman
Featuring: Hédi Hurban, Umran Yazici, Nasreen, Sara Rahman and Zainulvara Zaheer
Music by Hédi Hurban
Cinematography and Editing by Kaz Rahman


Biographies


Kaz Rahman - Writer/ Director/ Producer
Kaz Rahman is an artist and filmmaker. His work has screened or exhibited at venues such as Anthology Film Archives, National Film Board of Canada, Andy Warhol Museum and The San Jose Museum of Art. He is the writer/ director/ producer of two feature films; Salaat (2010) 'revolves around the five Muslim prayers' and is currently being broadcast on Turkish TV and Deccani Souls (2012) 'a mystical journey that weaves characters through the portentous streets, cafes and chaos of Hyderabad' and was an official selection at the 2012 Three Rivers Film Festival. Both films have played across India and have been featured in The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express. He has a BFA in Visual Arts from York University, Toronto and an MFA in Media Arts (writing/directing) from City College (CUNY), New York City.

Hédi Hurban - Music/ Sound Design/ Actor ("Zohar Lady")
Hédi Hurban was born in Toronto, Canada and studied Visual Arts at York University (BFA 1997). She has lived in Budapest, Hungary (1997-99) and Hyderabad, India (2004-07) and contributed vocals in Hungarian on 'Dead Body' and in Urdu and English on 'Deccani Souls'. Hédi's work as sound designer on 'Salaat' and 'Deccani Souls' includes original compositions for the film using a mix of ambient and traditional instruments.


Technical Info


Year: 2010
Country: Canada/ India/ USA
Running Time: 74 minutes
Language: Urdu, Arabic
Sub-titles: English
Shooting Format: HD Video/ 16:9

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Critical Acclaim

"Kaz Rahman's film depicts salaat- Islamic prayer- both literally and more abstractly…reinforcing these moments as both integral to daily life, and yet somehow sacred and elevated, whether they occur in the hubbub of a city or in a pastoral glade."
-Al Hoff, Pittsburgh City Paper

"Kaz Rahman has very beautifully depicted the bonding of mankind with its creator in his film Salaat."-Faisal M. Naim, The Hindu

"The film is contemplative but abstract and minimalist..." -Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The Islamic prayer 'Salaat' is a refreshing experience to those who offer it. Now comes a film capturing these special moments in one's daily life." -Iftekar Sharif, The Hindu

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Screenings

DateCity/CountryVenueDetails
November 30th, 2016Plymouth, UKPlymouth College of ArtSpecial Screening
May 26th, 2014Istanbul, TurkeyIstanbul Sehir UniversitySpecial Screening
May 3rd, 2014Istanbul, TurkeyTV24Television Run
December 28th, 2013Istanbul, TurkeyTV24Television Run
October 16th, 2013Istanbul, TurkeyTV24Television Run
November 27th-29th, 2011Camaguey, CubaFIVAC Festivale Internacionale VIDEOARTEGallery Installation
October 20th- December 20th, 2011Havana, CubaFactoria HabanaGallery Installation
April 22nd, 2011Pittsburgh, USAThe Andy Warhol MuseumSpecial Screening
January 28th, 2011Hyderabad, IndiaPrasads Lab Preview TheatreSpecial Screening
January 27th, 2011Hyderabad, IndiaSalar Jung MuseumSpecial Screening
January 24th, 2011Hyderabad, IndiaPress Club of HyderabadPress Preview
January 22nd, 2011New Delhi, IndiaIndia Habitat CentreIndia Premiere
January 15th, 2011Aligarh, IndiaAligarh Muslim UniversitySpecial Screening
January 14th, 2011New Delhi, IndiaThe AtticSpecial Screening
January 13th, 2011New Delhi, IndiaNational School of DramaSpecial Screening
September 10th-12th, 2010Pittsburgh, USAPittsburgh FilmmakersTheatrical Run