"What’s the story of the survivors there?"
It has been reported that Jordan Peele and Riz Ahmed are set to executive produce Nuhash Humayun’s live-action short film Moshari.
Moshari was the first film from Bangladesh to premiere in SXSW’s Midnight Shorts Program and to qualify for an Oscar.
The film 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.
Speaking about the short film, Nuhash said:
“We always see the end of the world, alien invasions or monster apocalypses in New York or London in the movies.
“But what’s happening in Dhaka, Bangladesh? What’s the story of the survivors there?
“That question, and the exciting answers that came from it, were the seeds of Moshari.”
The self-taught filmmaker wrote, directed, produced and edited the film.
Oscar winners Jordan Peele and Riz Ahmed have now boarded Moshari.
Peele, who won three Oscars (including for best director) for Get Out as well as a best picture statue for BlacKkKlansman, will executive produce through his company Monkeypaw Productions.
Ahmed, who has previously won an Oscar for best live-action short for his film The Long Goodbye as well as garnering an Oscar nomination for his role in Sound of Metal will executive produce through his company Left Handed Films.
Win Rosenfeld, the president of MonkeyPaw, Dana Gills, the SVP of development and production, as well as Allie Moore, the SVP and head of television at Left Handed Films, join Peele and Ahmed as executive producers on the project.
Rosenfield and Gills said: “Moshari is a unique horror short in that it’s profoundly visual and emotionally striking from the first frame.
“Nuhash drew us into his dynamic post-apocalyptic world and never let go.
“It’s a film about survival, love and family, but it’s also a terrifying and novel take on what a monster movie can be.”
“Monkeypaw is so grateful to be part of the team.”
Ahmed and Moore added: “We were floored by Nuhash’s riveting film that evokes our subconscious fears, from the childhood monster under the bed to an apocalyptic future.
“He weaves together jump scares and an emotional survival story of two young sisters, confronting colonialism and climate change in the process.
“We’re thrilled to join Nuhash’s team and help share this story.”
Nuhash shared the news on Facebook and told fans that he was grateful for their “overwhelming support”.