Visual artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Jr’s new film series ABJD, which will be premiering in San Francisco, is the finale of his six year multimedia, film and textile performance project called ‘Tomorrow We Inherit The Earth’.
The film series are set to premiere at the Roxy Theater in San Francisco on June 11.
The ABJD series includes short films revolving around four characters: a ghost, zombie, jinn and alien, all played by Bhutto himself. The project involves collaborators, performers and artists who have been involved in the larger Tomorrow We Inherit The Earth project from six years.
According to Bhutto’s website, ABJD is a four film series that narrates the otherworldly journeys of Faluda Islam – his own alter-ego. Faluda was a fighter in a great future queer led revolution that liberated the Musilm world from Western and Western-sponsored tyranny.
She was killed in a battle and exists now as ghost, zombie, jinn and alien. She appears as each of these beings in each of the four films while simultaneously speaking to figures from resistance past in an attempt to understand her own story.
The website goes on to say that the project is heavily inspired by Islamic mysticism and spiritual traditions that speak to loss, memory and resilience.
The film series is dedicated to Bhutto’s late father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, the son of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The trailers for the films are available to watch on his website.