“Shunned by his country due to religion, Abdus Salam strives for an achievement that would define modern physics and redefine his place back home.”
Screened in 30 cities to widespread acclaim, including six awards for best documentary film, “Salam” is a feature-length documentary about the Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam.
The film captures Salam’s journey from a small village in rural Pakistan to worldwide scientific acclaim. Salam’s work was a step towards realizing Einstein’s dream of unifying the fundamental laws of nature and postulated the Higgs boson.
But even as he was pushing the boundaries of his work and science, his country was curtailing his rights as a citizen. A member of the Ahmadiyya sub-sect of Islam, Salam was forbidden from identifying as a Muslim and eventually rejected by his State, but not his people. This caused him great personal heartbreak, even as he scaled the heights of professional success on the world stage.