LIVERPOOL, Oct. 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — A powerful short film by up-and-coming London filmmaker Karan Talwar shines a light on the divisive subject of Muslims joining the British Army. A dramatic masterpiece, the short film has been critically acclaimed for its interesting take on the sensitive and controversial issue.

Ghanimah, which means spoils of war in Islam, depicts a heated argument between young British Muslim Abdullah (Mikhail Sen – House of Dragon, A Suit Boy) and his brother Moh (James El-Sharawy – Tyrant, EastEnders) and his father Omar (Adil Akram – Spectre, what’s love got to do with it?) after telling them he’s decided to join the British Army.

Determined to join the British Army against the wishes of his brother and father, Abdullah becomes embroiled in a heated argument with them, spilling over into issues with the family. Through the emotional encounter between the three, Ghanimah is a compelling story of honor, duty, family, faith, religion and identity.

Recent statistics released by the Ministry of Defense indicate that there are 650 Muslims serving in the British Armed Forces and of these, 550 are in the British Army, constituting 0.5% of the total. Highlighting an interesting and controversial subject which has not been widely covered by the media, the short is a triumph for grassroots British cinema.

Director Karan Talwar is a graduate of Durham University and has worked with MADE – a charity whose overarching vision is to help reduce discrimination against BAME and LGBTQ+ Londoners. Working for companies such as Origin Pictures and 42 Management and Production, Karan has now produced his first short which is attracting interest from film festivals around the world.

Karan said: “It’s great to release my first short film and to tackle such a specialized and controversial subject. I’ve always had a passion for cinema, ever since I grew up in the video store of my grandpa, and I believe the film should make the viewer think and feel deeply, and I’m honored to say that Ghanimah does that and the feedback so far has been very positive.

Owner of online magazine La Vida Liverpool, Justin Hopper, said: “This short film is powerful, empowering and evocative. I would expect a huge response for this at film festivals. Talwar masterfully covers a very interesting subject, with so many emotions all at once – this is drama at its best. A masterpiece and a sign of things to come from Karan Talwar.

Ghanimah is in the works for a number of film festivals across the UK, before being released later in 2023. People can follow the short’s progress via its website and Instagram page – along with other projects exciting films by Karan Talwar also in the pipeline.

Check out Ghanimah on the Film Freeway website HERE! Follow Ghanimah’s progress on INSTAGRAM!

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