At only 25, Maria Toorpakai Wazir is an internationally-celebrated squash player, but in her home country of Pakistan, she faces opposition for her rejection of customary gender roles and refusal to conform to tradition. Erin Heidenreich’s feature film debut is a portrait of a young woman raised as a free spirit within a restrictive society, and the opportunities gained through her boundless view of life’s possibilities.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 3PM
Location: Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall
Q&A session following screening with Director Erin Heidenreich and Producer Cassandra Sandford-Rosenthal
Director-Writer-Producer of documentaries, short films and branded content, Erin’s voice has been shaped by the cultures she has immersed herself in across the globe. Set in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan, Girl Unbound (Toronto International Film Festival 16’) is her first feature length documentary (Awarded Tribeca Gucci Grant and Abigail Disney’s Fork Films Grant). Erin directed the short documentary Rising Sons in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DOC NYC ‘16), a short film The Stories We Tell Ourselves (’14) and worked as a video journalist for Time in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Erin 2nd Unit directed Doug Pray’s Levitated Mass (Los Angeles Film Festival ‘14), Produced Mission Congo (Toronto International Film Festival ‘13), Executive Produced The Other Shore (SXSW Film Festival ‘13), and Executive Produced Made in India (Hot Docs ‘10). Erin has conducted filmmaking workshops in Jarkata, Indonesia and Yuncheng, China, and has been a panelist at film festivals across the world. She previously worked Miramax Films, Cary Woods’ Independent Pictures, and co-founded Cinetic Media.Erin is a graduate of Northwestern University.