Iram Parveen Bilal,
"I'll Meet You There"
Written and directed by Iram Parveen Bilal, the semi-autobiographical drama I’ll Meet You There explores the cultural identity crisis a Muslim-American father and his daughter both experience when an estranged family member visits from Pakistan. The unexpected arrival of Majeed’s father Baba forces the Chicago police officer to question his undercover investigation of a local mosque’s possible financial ties to terrorist organizations. Majeed’s daughter Dua, a ballerina, finds her commitment to performing the forbidden Khattak dance wavering as a result of her studies of the Koran with Baba. Majeed and Dua quickly find themselves reflecting on their cultural heritage while reexamining their relationship to America. I’ll Meet You There stars Faran Tahir (Iron Man) as Majeed, newcomer Nikita Tewani as Dua, and Pakistani film star Muhammad Qavi Khan as Baba. Originally scheduled to premiere during the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, I’ll Meet You There will receive a digital and VOD release on Feb. 12 and a Blu-Ray release on Feb. 16. I’ll Meet You There virtual premiere events will be held Feb. 3-6, with a virtual premiere gala scheduled for Feb. 11, at https://www.levelforward.live/imyt. Pakistani-American filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal previously directed Josh (Against the Grain) andThe PHD Movie 2: Still in Grad School.
Note: This interview was conducted before the City of Austin cancelled the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.
Aired: Feb. 2, 2021.