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Boot Polish (2007)

 |  Short, Drama  |  16 May 2007 (France)
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Credited cast:
Sher Ali ...
Police Officer
Hassena Bibi ...
Madam 1
Nasheele Bibi ...
Barbar's Mother
Shaban Bibi ...
Madam 2
Mohammad Haroon ...
Mohammad Haroon as The Man
Chutki Naseer ...
Preeya ...


A shoeshine boy on the dusty streets of Lahore dreams of rescuing a beautiful courtesan. Boot Polish is a film about dreams... See full synopsis »

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A unique cocktail of Fantasy & Cinema
27 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had the chance to view Boot Polish at the Encounters film festival 2007.

I must say that there wasn't any other British short film that out-shined Boot Polish this year. (And this film being created by a novice British film Director)

Yet speaking to others, the film has not been recognised for its ascendancy by the mainstream British film festival establishment, which is a dreadful shame and a huge embarrassment.

The film director Ahmad was not at the screening, which was a disappointment, as I hunted to applaud him for putting together such a commanding and visually beautiful film.

Boot Polish is a unique cocktail of memory, dreams, fantasy and desire/ All the elements in making a good short film. There are comments on IMDb that the narrative is simple but I disagree.

The three characters are linked to each other, yet they are all ingeniously connected. Ahmad has clearly explored, studied and utilised theory from filmmakers such as Powell/Pressburger, Fellini, Satyajit Ray, Hitchcock & Merchant/Ivory.

Why wasn't this film in competition for Best British short film? It's a question one has to ask. Once upon a time we British prided ourselves on Art and Cinematic quality, yet genuine cinema has been lost to standard British TV drama.

I was profoundly dissatisfied by the poor standard of British films on view this year at Encounters by British directors. Most of the films of quality were coming through the World section.

We need to educate our children at film school about cinema. Most of the other films made by the new wave of British directors did not comprehend the differentiation in crafting films for Cinema and making films for Television.

Boot Polish needs to be viewed in the Cinema and the film director deserves some sort of accolade

I have been working in the film industry for over 35 years and it would be an injustice If Ahmad is not given recognition.

10- 10 well done

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