The synopsis of the Pakistani submission for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar states: “In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s arranged marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.” DUKHTAR is the first feature film from Pakistani native and Columbia University MFA Film Studies graduate Afia Nathaniel. Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times states she “has delivered a stunning, emotive work that takes to task oppressive patriarchy. It’s a gorgeous, suspenseful cinematic achievement.” Diana Clarke of the Village Voice describes it as “an issues film with the twisted, heart-pounding feel of a road-trip thriller, but Nathaniel based her script on a true story, and there’s a low-key quality to the conversations that feels real, intimate, and all the more urgent for it.” Unrated. 93 Min.