Pakistani Cinema: Bol
Bol (lit. Speak Up) is a 2011 Pakistani social drama film written, directed and produced by Shoaib Mansoor. It was part of a maternal and child health project, PAIMAN (Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns), advocating for women’s rights by bringing the focus of media and the elite of Pakistan to family planning and gender issues and implemented by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs. Bol was a critically acclaimed and commercial success, and became one of the highest-earning Pakistani films of all time.
Set in Lahore, it tells the story of a conservative religious Muslim family facing financial difficulties caused by too many children and declining demand for the father’s traditional medicine services. The film starts by showing the protagonist, Zainab (Humaima Malick), about to be hanged for the murder of her father. She tells the story of her father’s violence and oppression to the media on the night of the hanging.