The Work-Stay: Digital

Hamza Baig Portrays a Community with Humor and Drama

Comedy anchors filmmaker Hamza Baig’s project, which revives a traditional Pakistani game to imagine a homegrown female superhero for a live-action series. He worked on the show's script with his mentor Daliso Chaponda in concentrated digital sessions.

Islamabad-based filmmaker Hamza Baig’s live-action series The Marblous Four reimagines the traditional Pakistani game of Five Stones with a superhero twist. Set in the imaginary village of “Geetapur” (inspired by the artist’s native village of Chakwal, Pakistan), the plot centers on the local children. Each child is born with a set of magical marbles that have the power to sustain life in the village. The story follows Guddo, whose attempts to help her peers by using her unique marbles repeatedly end in disaster.

The narrative interweaves humor with drama and unfolds in several episodes against the backdrop of an extremely modest community knit together by tradition. Filming in the village where he grew up, Baig worked with amateur actors, casting relatives and their neighbors who had no prior acting experience. 

The Marblous Four will premiere at the Forecast Festival, March 17–18 at Radialsystem. 

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