CAAM’s Entry in PBS Online Film Festival Focuses on Story of Transgender Woman in Pakistan

A transgender woman on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan, stands and chats with a young child while pushing a cart of stuffed animals
RANI is a short film about a transgender Pakistani woman who takes care of an abandoned baby. Set in the heart of Karachi, she faces many challenges - yet is determined to do the right thing.

The Webby Award-nominated and eighth annual PBS Online Film Festival starts Monday, July 15 at 12am EST and ends on July 26, 2019! Visit the PBS Online Film Festival website to watch, vote for, and share CAAM’s entry, Rani, directed by CAAMFest36 alum Hammad Rizvi.

Rani is a social outcast, transgender woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned child. Set on the streets of Pakistan, she is determined to do the right thing amid waves of challenges.

Rani is Kami Sid’s first movie role. She has gone on to become Pakistan’s first transgender model and a leading advocate for LGBTQ rights in the country. CAAM is proud to support filmmakers and partner with the PBS Online Film Festival to connect more communities throughout the nation with these stories.

The PBS Online Film Festival is part of a multi-platform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers and to provide a showcase for diverse storytelling that both inspires and engages. The Festival will be available via PBS and PBS station digital platforms, including the PBS website. As in past years, the films will also be available to stream on YouTube and Facebook.

 Join the conversation on social media using #PBSFilmFest and #RaniShortFilm and be sure to vote for Rani!


1.) Watch and vote for the film on (daily votes allowed!)

2.) Watch the film on PBS Online Film Festival’s Facebook page and click on the thumbs-up icon or heart icon!

3.) Go to PBS’s official YouTube (after logging into your YouTube account) and clicking on the thumbs-up icon!

4.) View the film (regardless of the time you spend watching the film)!


Two awards will be given out as part of the PBS Online Film Festival.  PBS will count your votes, Facebook and YouTube likes and views to name our “Most Popular” film.  Also, a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize.”

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