This is what Nuhash’s Hulu project is about
Nuhash Humayun has revealed the name of his Hulu project. Incidentally, this is the first Bangladeshi content to be featured on Hulu, an American OTT platform. What is Nuhash’s Hulu project called? The young filmmaker revealed on his verified Facebook profile that the Hulu project is called “Foreigners Only”. “I am so so proud of the incredible work my team has done,” Nuhash wrote in the Facebook post. When will it air on Hulu? “Foreigners Only” is going to be aired on Hulu this Halloween, in October. Nuhash produced the short as an episode of Hulu and 20th Digital’s “BITE SIZE HALLOWEEN”. Read: Nuhash Humayun: I want to experiment, make mistakes What is “Foreigners Only” about? The short apparently takes a jab at some apartments in Dhaka’s Gulshan, Banani areas that are only rented out to foreigners. Nuhash wrote: “…why is this a big deal? Why do we value the bideshi, the foreign...sometimes more than ourselves?” “FOREIGNERS ONLY asks these questions and more. And we might not like the answers,” he added. The Hulu short will not be released in Bangladesh right now, Nuhash wrote. Read Anonymous Content, CAA take Nuhash Humayun onboard Earlier in an interview to UNB, Nuhash spoke about the Hulu content. He said, "Hulu has produced some exclusive content on the occasion of Halloween this year, and one of those projects is made by me. It will air on Halloween in October. It's a single content, and nothing to disclose more than that at this moment. After the official announcement of Hulu, everyone will know the details.” Speaking on being associated with Hulu's project, Nuhash said, “After evaluating some of my works, they gave me this project. When I went to Hulu's office in Los Angeles, I was a bit nervous. However, the meeting was quite positive. They appreciated all my plans, and that raised my confidence.” The content was produced in both Bangla and English, with Nuhash serving as both the director and screenwriter. Read ‘Moshari’ wins Atlanta Film Festival Jury Award Nuhash got signed by the Hollywood agencies Anonymous Content and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) earlier this year. Through these two agencies, he got connected with Hulu.
Nuhash Humayun: I want to experiment, make mistakes
Several young filmmakers are now taking Bangladeshi content to the international arena, and Nuhash Humayun is one of them. With drama projects such as ‘Hotel Albatross’, the short film ‘700 Taka’, web series ‘Pet Kata Shaw’, his recent short film 'Moshari' and his upcoming project for the international OTT platform Hulu, Nuhash's career is gaining momentum towards global success. After the success of 'Moshari' at two 'Oscar qualifying’ film festivals (HollyShorts Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival), audiences in Bangladesh have been wondering where and when to see the film, and answering that question, Nuhash told UNB that the short film is going to be available for Bangladeshi viewers in October. Regarding the work plan and experience, he said, "Interest of our viewers always sparks inspiration for any content creator. I have been blessed with that interest and our audiences might not have to wait too long for ‘Moshari’, which I hope everyone will be able to see in October.” Read:'Beauty Circus’ & ‘Operation Sundarban’ set the ball rolling for Bangladesh film industry “Working on this project has been really different for me. To succeed, I had to wait ten years. The idea for the plot first came to me ten years ago, but at the time there was no support since I dared to experiment with such fiction. I still needed a lot of creative support when I started developing ‘Moshari’, but I managed to finish it. Additionally, I've received a lot of reaction from audiences abroad. Now I’m eagerly waiting for Bangladeshi audiences’ reaction.” The news that Nuhash Humayun has created content for the international OTT platform Hulu broke the local internet, while the conversation regarding ‘Moshari’ was still going on. The completed content, which features numerous well-known Bangladeshi actors, is already in Hulu’s pipeline; however, due to the embargo till the official promotion from Hulu, Nuhash is currently keeping a lot of information about the project private.
Anonymous Content, CAA take Nuhash Humayun onboard
US-based multi-platform premium content producing company Anonymous Content and CAA (Creative Artist Agency) have recently included acclaimed young Bangladeshi filmmaker Nuhash Humayun as their client. His short film ‘Moshari’ has recently won two prestigious global awards; the Grand Jury Award at SXSW 2022 and the 2022 Atlanta Film Festival’s prize for Best Narrative Short. Also read:‘Moshari’ wins Atlanta Film Festival Jury Award The news of Nuhash Humayun’s inclusion as Anonymous Content and CAA’s client has been featured in Hollywood’s world-famous website Deadline, considered one of the top entertainment websites in the world. Sharing his excitement about these accolades, Nuhash Humayun told Deadline that his goal is to portray Bangladesh/South Asia free from stereotypes and assumptions. “The first time I heard my home mentioned in a film was a throwaway line about there being ‘enough food on this table to feed Bangladesh. I love infusing genre stories with deeply personal and cultural identity politics. We have powerful, thrilling, visceral stories to tell.” “With my incredible team at AC and CAA, I hope to tell intimate personal stories that are also universal,” Nuhash Humayun told Deadline. According to the acclaimed young filmmaker, “Moshari is a revisionist horror/fantasy that inverts the myth of our part of the world as ‘the third world.” The original 22-minute horror-fantasy pic was the first film from Bangladesh to premiere in SXSW’s Midnight Shorts Program. It follows sisters Apu (Sunerah Binte Kamal) and Ayra (Nairah Onora Saif), who seek shelter inside archaic mosquito nets - the only way to survive against bloodthirsty monsters - if they can first survive each other. In addition to SXSW, Humayun’s projects have earned support from Sundance, Film Independent and ScreenCraft. The filmmaker was a ScreenCraft 2022 Film Fund Jury Winner and the first Bangladeshi fellow accepted to the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive. Nuhash Humayun’s next project is the feature film 'Moving Bangladesh' which is a subversive corporate drama. The film is currently in pre-production. Also read:Chorki releases third episode of Nuhash Humayun’s “Pett Kata Shaw” Anonymous Content is a production and management company that represents a diverse roster of writers, directors, actors and comedians. Recent releases from the media company include Benjamin Cleary's sci-fi drama "Swan Song" for Apple TV+ and Netflix's "Worth", starring prominent names from Hollywood including Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan and Stanley Tucci. CAA is a leading agency that represents a diverse roster of clients across film, television, music, sports, digital media and marketing, and beyond. Their recent signings include the popular Netflix series "Sex Education" star Emma Mackey and filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.
‘Moshari’ wins Atlanta Film Festival Jury Award
Young Bangladeshi filmmaker Nuhash Humayun's horror short film ‘Moshari’ won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the Atlanta Film Festival (ALTFF) 2022, one of the few Academy Award-qualifying festivals in the world. The news was confirmed by Nuhash himself on his verified Facebook page on Thursday night. “MOSHARI is now OSCAR QUALIFYING! Our Bangladeshi horror film just won the Atlanta Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short, an Oscar Qualifying Award. Thank you to my incredible team, my family, and my industry colleagues in Bangladesh and beyond for being part of this journey,” Nuhash wrote. 'Moshari' had its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival back in March this year. The 22-minute film stars 'No Dorai'-famed actress Sunerah Binte Kamal and Nuhash's niece Nairah Onora Saif. Also read: Chorki releases third episode of Nuhash Humayun’s “Pett Kata Shaw” “When the world is overrun with bloodthirsty creatures, the last of mankind perseveres in Dhaka by spending their nights inside the moshari (mosquito net) — the only known shelter from the unknown threat. Two sisters, Apu (Sunehra) and Ayra (Nairah), must navigate this strange new world to survive. “However, their strained relationship is becoming as much of a threat as the dangers outside. One night, when Ayra’s curiosity lures her outside the safety of the moshari, Apu must rise to the occasion — as they face their demons, together,” according to the synopsis described on the film’s official website. Describing the award-nominated film, the ALTFF jury said, "Working with familiar horror elements, 'Moshari' constructs a totally surprising edge-of-your-seat story that brings real world social-political realities into a brilliant unique world." “I wanted to capture our strange relationship with the moshari — a metaphor for both safety and suffocation. The specific mix of fear, wonder and mystery of being a Bangladeshi kid restlessly poking the moshari wondering what’s on the other side. These emotions have existed for generations as folk tales and primal fears, but not in a cinematic space - not yet,” Nuhash described his motive behind this film in the ‘Director’s Note’ section on the official website of the film. “It took over ten years for the initial seed of the idea to grow into our film, a family drama in the guise of Bengali horror,” he added. Alongside winning the award at the 2022 ATLFF, ‘Moshari’ has also been selected for Marché du Film-Festival de Cannes and also for the SITGES Festival International de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya's Fantastic 7 segment. Also read: 'Golui' receives screening permit in Jamalpur once again Since 1976, the ALTFF shows a diverse range of independent films, with special attention paid to women-directed films, LGBTQ films, Latin American films, Black films and films from the American Southeast. This year’s festival was held from April 21 to May 1, 2022.