Donkeyhead Trailer: ARRAY Film Hits Netflix January 21

Ajam Darshi has directed and starred in the story of a failed writer who takes care of her Sikh father, which hits Netflix on January 21.

The ARRAY Releasing Group of Ava DuVernay continues to build women and color filmmakers. Her latest slate, including the movies “Donkeyhead” and “Definition Please,” will premiere January 21 on Netflix in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Exclusive to IndieWire, watch the premiere of the trailer below for “Donkeyhead,” directed and starring Agam Darshi, before it goes live.

Here is the official synopsis of the movie, which premiered globally at TIFF Bell Lightbox and deals with the Punjabi Sikh experience in Canada: “Donkeyhead” is a movie whose title refers to a term of love used by Punjabi parents towards their children. Starring, written and directed by Darshi, the film follows Mona, a failed writer who lives a life of solitude while caring for her ailing Sikh father. When he suffers a debilitating stroke, her three successful brothers appear on her doorstep determined to get the situation under control.”

English-Canadian writer, director, and star Darshi recently starred in Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta’s “Funny Boy,” which earned her a nomination for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Along with Darchy, “Donkeyhead” stars Kim Coates (“Sons of Anarchy”), Sandy Sidhu (“Nurses”, “Legends of Tomorrow”), Stephen Lobo (“Arrow”), and Huse Madhavji. (“Schitt’s Creek”), Marvin Ismail (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), and Balender Johal (“Peppa Boys”).

“Donkeyhead” premiered at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, taking home four awards including Best Feature Film and Best Canadian Film. Darchy can then be seen in the upcoming Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning HBO Max series HBO Max.

The film, Darchy told Variety, was inspired by the Noah Baumbach family films, a family drama resulting from her own experience dealing with her father while he was undergoing chemotherapy. “Donkeyhead,” she explains, also deals with South Asian families who pressure their children to get great jobs. “The pressure to have a successful career, whether it’s being a doctor or a writer, whatever you choose, is very high,” she said. “It is, in many ways, keeping up with the neighbours. And then when you add the fact that it’s an immigrant family, it’s even higher.”

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