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Streaming April 28-May 1st, 2023
On Filmocracy


USA I 20 mins I Drama I Comedy I Sci-Fi I 2022 I English

'Best Short Film' - Audience Award Winner at 3 Festivals -- Tasveer South Asian, Tallgrass Int'l, & Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival

New father Imran has regrets about the last conversation he ever had with his father. So when he gets the opportunity to go back in time and end things on a better note, Imran jumps at the chance to get the parenting advice he sorely misses now that he has his own son.

But this is Pakistani time travel, and we’re never on time. Imran is sent back too far - all the way back to 1993, where he meets his parents in their early twenties, exactly when they’re pregnant with him as new immigrants in a foreign land.


Desi Standard Time Travel is a Pakistani-Canadian sci-fi drama short with heart. It’s about fatherhood, second chances, and seeing your parents as real people for the first time in your life.

About the Artist

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Kashif Pasta is an award-winning director, writer, and
producer using film and storytelling to tell character-driven stories centered on South Asian and Muslims with a sense of joy and wonder.


He is the co-founder of Dunya Media, a production company that empowers filmmakers of color to tell stories with purpose, where he recently won the 2022 SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards- Music Video as a producer. 

His recent short, DESI STANDARD TIME TRAVEL, has been highly awarded on the festival circuit, winning Jury or Audience Awards at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian, Tallgrass Int'l Film Festival, & Vancouver Int'l South Asian Film Festival. 






Writer/Director:        Kashif Pasta

Story by:                    Kashif Pasta

                                   Shyam Valera

                                   Nessa Aref

Story Editor:             Aysha Aijaz


Producer(s):              Shyam Valera

                                  Eric Bizzarri

                                  Sunny Gill

                                  Lalji John

DOP:                        Dmitry Lopatin

1st AD:                     Dayyaan Jameel

Prod. Coordinator:  Eesha Johal

Prod Design:           Micah Angela



Featured Cast:        Adolyn H. Dar 
                                 Ali Kazmi 
                                 Anika Zulfikar 
                                 Sumit Dhingra 
                                 Harleen Uppal

Composer:              Patrick Zappia

Film Editor:             Jasleen Kaur

Colorist:                   Devan Scott

Sound Supervisor:  James Findlay

Sound Design         Jacob Waxman

Hair & Make-up:      Mariya Siddiqui

Wardrobe:                Emma Jonas


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