7.7/10 (IMDB)


2h 06m Drama


The youngest son in a traditional Pakistani family takes a job as a backup dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque, and he quickly becomes infatuated with the strong-willed trans woman who runs the show.


Saim Sadiq


Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan


Not Rated






Punjabi, Urdu

Main Trailer


  • "The frame moves slowly, if at all, but it always brims with physical and emotional energy; in JOYLAND, there’s always something in the ether, whether embodied by dazzling displays of light as characters move across stages and club floors, or by breathtaking silences as they begin to figure each other out, and figure out themselves."
    - IndieWire
  • "As JOYLAND heads toward its end, the film grows increasingly moving. Secrets and their attendant lies collapse under pressure. The weight of what’s left unsaid strangles interactions."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Tartly funny and plungingly sad in equal measure, this is nuanced, humane queer filmmaking, more concerned with the textures and particulars of its own intimate story than with grander social statements — even if, as a tale of transgender desire in a Muslim country, its very premise makes it a boundary-breaker"
    - Variety


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