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.
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
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.
Country: Canada/ India/ USA
Running Time: 74 minutes
Language: Urdu, Arabic
Shooting Format: HD Video/ 16:9
"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
|November 30th, 2016||Plymouth, UK||Plymouth College of Art||Special Screening|
|May 26th, 2014||Istanbul, Turkey||Istanbul Sehir University||Special Screening|
|May 3rd, 2014||Istanbul, Turkey||TV24||Television Run|
|December 28th, 2013||Istanbul, Turkey||TV24||Television Run|
|October 16th, 2013||Istanbul, Turkey||TV24||Television Run|
|November 27th-29th, 2011||Camaguey, Cuba||FIVAC Festivale Internacionale VIDEOARTE||Gallery Installation|
|October 20th- December 20th, 2011||Havana, Cuba||Factoria Habana||Gallery Installation|
|April 22nd, 2011||Pittsburgh, USA||The Andy Warhol Museum||Special Screening|
|January 28th, 2011||Hyderabad, India||Prasads Lab Preview Theatre||Special Screening|
|January 27th, 2011||Hyderabad, India||Salar Jung Museum||Special Screening|
|January 24th, 2011||Hyderabad, India||Press Club of Hyderabad||Press Preview|
|January 22nd, 2011||New Delhi, India||India Habitat Centre||India Premiere|
|January 15th, 2011||Aligarh, India||Aligarh Muslim University||Special Screening|
|January 14th, 2011||New Delhi, India||The Attic||Special Screening|
|January 13th, 2011||New Delhi, India||National School of Drama||Special Screening|
|September 10th-12th, 2010||Pittsburgh, USA||Pittsburgh Filmmakers||Theatrical Run|