Drawing upon Sufi traditions of interpreting Islamic sacred texts, where love and equality are celebrated, Journey to the CharBagh is a poetic and experimental exploration of queerness from a Muslim perspective. The narrative focuses on the figure of the Buraq, a winged mythological creature with the ability to travel to heaven, encountering terrestrial and celestial beings, moving toward a spiritual and queer awakening.

Duration: 17 minutes

Director: Abdullah Qureshi
Producer: Danai Anagnostou

Cast:
Maya Ajami
Arbaqan Changezi
Rehan Bashir
Khadeeja Arham
Jaweria Khawaja
Mustafa Yazdani
Niya Raazee

Directors of Photography: Hadi Rehman (Pakistan) & Kerttu Hakkarainen (Finland)
Editor: Tamara Al - Mashouk
Colorist: Hannu Käki
Costume Designer: Umair Sajid
Classical Dance Choreography, Costume, and Styling: Rehan Bashir
Music Composers: Zān & Rakae Jamil
Sound Designer: Lou Strömberg
Poetry: Momina Masood & Naveed Alam

PAKISTAN

with Qasim Ali Hussain, Zainab Zulfiqar, and Zoya Yalmaz

Stylists and Makeup Artists: Khadeeja Arham and Khadeeja Arham, with Umair Sajid in Shams and Qamar scene
Locations Courtesy: The Lahore Fort - Walled City of Lahore Authority, Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore Grammar School - Paragon City, and Shahiya Pehalwan Akhara.

FINLAND

AC: Aku Koskinen
Gaffer: Joni Juutilainen
Location Manager: Anni Arponen
Translator on Set: Mody Persona
Makeup Artist: Zahrah Ehsan
Craft Service: Cavallino Catering
Location Courtesy: Ratsutila Cavallino