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Award winning short film highlights the struggles of living in modern day society as a Muslim

Timmy II is an award-winning short film by Pakistani-American director, Imran J. Khan. It is a comedy about a robot struggling to find his place in the human world. But when he’s given a Pakistani face on the same day as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he learns that blending in isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Khan wrote, directed, and stars as “Timmy” in the short. Through his robot character, Khan presents a metaphor of the Muslim experience in America, balancing a desire for acceptance while maintaining one’s religious and cultural identity.

 

About Timmy II and Imran J. Khan

Imran J. Khan is an award-winning writer, director, and editor. He got his start in filmmaking at the University of California, Davis, where he pursued a degree in biological systems engineering while making viral online comedy sketch videos revolving around his distinct cultural perspective as a Pakistani American. After receiving his B.S. in 2008, Khan held a career in medical devices while simultaneously making short films in his free time. In 2012, he decided to pursue filmmaking professionally and enrolled in the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia MFA Film program in Singapore. In his second year of the program, he wrote and directed Timmy II, which was awarded First Prize Best Comedy Short at the Rhode Island International Film festival. His NYU thesis film Prom illustrates the difficulties of South Asian Americans trying to reconcile their parents’ culture with wanting to integrate into mainstream America.



About Film School Shorts

Film School Shorts is a national public television series that broadcasts in 88% of the country, including top markets like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. It’s a showcase for short films that represent a wide range of styles and content, and introduces vibrant young filmmakers that are soon to make an impact in the industry.

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