Selected Films from South Asia

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Film Name:  2nd Face

Duration:  3:41

Country:  Afghanistan

Language:  Persian

Director:  Hassan Moosavi

Film Synopsis:  It is about a woman whom her husband is so despot and patriarchal, her husband has been beaten her a lot so far. However He personates like a Women’s rights advocate in outdoor. One day the woman taking a new decision.

Director’s Bio: I am Filmmaker from Afghanistan. I’ve done short films, TV dramas, documentary films, commercials and more since 2006. I’ve taught filmmaking workshops in 3 countries include Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

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Film Name :  Hello

Duration:  7:53

Country:   Australia (Film made in Afghanistan)

Language:  English, Persian

Director:  Arwin Arwin

Film Synopsis:  Hello is a visual portrayal of Arwin’s journey from Afghanistan to Australia. Arwin makes a momentous decision in the search for freedom and hopes for a better future, experiencing his own personal life threatening rites of passage and developing a new sense of maturity

Director’s Bio: Arwin arrived in Australia from Afghanistan in 2012 brimming with the hope for a new life. He found his creative voice through a variety of mediums, including photography, acting and filmmaking. His poetic filmmaking explores themes of identity, freedom and belonging.

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Film Name: Taxi

Duration: 10:04

Country: Afghanistan

Language: Persian

Director: Saraj Bayat

Film Synopsis:  Soraya is a young woman; who has a disabled husband and runs a taxi with her homeowner in the city and faces various people.

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Film Name: The Ball

Duration:  3:33

Country: Afghanistan

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Director: Abdul Hamid Mandgar

Film Synopsis:  Mosharf Ronaldo is a poor who gives him the chance to play with the neighor’s son’s ball,but the neighbor’S son does not give him his ball and mosharaf made from plastic a ball,after which the neighbor’S son will over to mosharaf.

Director’s Bio: Abdul hamid mandgar is afgham young filmmaker he winner award from human right film festival of bangladish.he have 5 short film about woman and children

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Film Name:  Let me Breath Within

Duration: 6:00

Country:  Bangladesh

Language: Bangali,English

Director:  Novera Hasan Nikkon

Film Synopsis: Stop Child Marriage . Girls are never burden ,they have the same worth like boys .

Director’s Bio: : Novera Hasan Nikkon is a student film maker, was born in February 04, 1998. So far made four shorts films based on girls and women rights and all the 04 films have got the world most prestigious awards such as NHK Japan Prize-2016, Italian Movie Award-2018 , DCSFF-2018 USA, FILM YOUR ISSUE: Youth Speak Out-2018 ,USA and Girls Impact the World Film Festival 2018 & 2019 USA , etc.

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Film Name: Path

Duration: 7:33

Country: Bangladesh

Language: Bengali

Director:  Md. Abid Mallick

Film Synopsis: At a lost hour of a dark time in Dhaka city, a young woman dire need of money agrees to work with the terrorist. When she was back home with everything done and dusted, she suddenly makes her moves to undo the things and hits the path of Dhaka again

Director’s Bio: Md. Abid Mallick started his career as an assistant director. Complete Masters from Television, Film and Photography Department, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Also an active filmmaker and cinematographer.

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Film Name: 09:09F

Duration: 5:04

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Director:  Avinash Medhe

Film Synopsis:  A journey in a local train of Mumbai showing the universal human behavior where an outsider struggles to make space for himself.

Director’s Bio:  Avinash Medhe is a co-founder/ director at Girgit Studios, an animation design studio. He has completed his post-graduation in Animation Film Design from National Institute of Design, India. He has directed numerous animation and lives action short films, Animated TV Commercials, Promo films using traditional as well as experimental animation techniques.

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Film Name: A Little More Blue

Duration: 3:48

Country: India

Language: English

Director: Sughandha Bansal

Film Synopsis: A Little More Blue is story of a girl, trapped inside the body of a boy. Since childhood she knew she was a girl, and she knew someday she will have to break off her shackles and tell the truth to everyone, but until that day; she struggled between having the body of a boy and soul of a girl.

Director’s Bio: Sugandha Bansal is a Masters of Design graduate in Animation design from MIT Institute of Design. She has a passion for creative storytelling and that is evident in her works. She thinks of film making as a strong medium to communicate stories. She believes that since she has the skills to share a story, she would like to tell a story that people can relate with; stories with a strong message. ‘A Little More Blue’ is her second film as a student.

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Film Name: Flight of Freedom (Udne Do)

Duration: 20:00

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Director: Aarti Bagdi

Film Synopsis: Flight of Freedom (Udne Do) shares with us an all too real story of a child molested by a trusted figure in school. At the heart of the film is a universal story of friendship and the rejuvenating powers of speaking up.

Director’s Bio: Aarti Bagdi is a Filmmaker known for Filmfare winning Khamakha, multiple Awards winning, Filmfare nominated Flight of Freedom (Udne Do) which has received a lot of acclaim from Nobel Peace Laureate – Kailash Satyarthi, the Ministry of Women and Child Development India and many other powerful icons. Her feature film Bombairiya as Co-Writer and Associate Producer is now streaming on Netflix. Also Co-Directed a feature documentary on Sky Clad Jain Monks – Vidyoday which has found more than 200 screenings across India.

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Film Name: Happy Anniversary

Duration:  29:00               

Country: India

Language:  Hindi

Director: Dhruv Satija

Film Synopsis: The film begins with a slice of their reality, a family born on the cusp of stifling patriarchy, globalization and the rise of a peculiar middle-class mindset with roles reigning over interests. Seema and Amit have worked in tandem to achieve the middle-class dream, they have a modest house, a car, savings to not just survive but to spare on a few indulgences, a successful daughter in a happy marriage and a spotless image in the society. But this dream is held together by several fallacies that are eclipsed from their heavily conditioned minds.

Director’s Bio: Dhruv Satija is a film direction graduate from the National Institute of Design. Dhruv has seven short films to his credit, three fiction films and three documentaries. His documentary Welcome Valentine 2017 has been received very well at festivals in India and abroad.Dhruv is keen on experimenting with Video Art and really enjoys writing and making slice of life cinema.

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Film Name: Poshairni

Duration: 26:00

Country: India

Language: Bengali

Director: Sreecheta Das

Film Synopsis:  Driven by circumstances to take to hawking in the local trains, Gauri comes of her own after overcoming professional challenges, acute territorial jealousy from her peers and her own hesitation and lack of confidence.

Director’s Bio: Sreecheta Das has worked as a journalist with The Indian Express and The Telegraph, two of India’s most prominent English dailies. She has covered politics and administration of West Bengal, the federal state where she hails from, at length and has also done several human interest stories. She had the opportunity to travel extensively across West Bengal in the formative years of her career. The numerous interesting subjects and rich human interactions she had had during that period also contributed heavily in her dreams of making films about her region and its people. Sreecheta is about to complete the Direction and Screenplay Writing course which she was pursuing for the past four years at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Posharini is her final dissertation film.

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Film Name: The Market

Duration: 10:10

Country: India

Language:  Marathi

Director:  Yashowardhan Mishra

Film Synopsis: Danaji, a farmer from the state of Maharashtra in rural India, is accompanied by his eight-year old son Ganya to the city to sell his onions at the Mandi (market). While the child is enamoured by the sights and sounds of the place, the farmer has to fight a Kafkaesque battle to find the right price for his produce.

Director’s Bio: Yashowardhan Mishra is an independent film maker working in Mumbai. He takes keen interest in telling stories of the marginalised in India through the visual medium.

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Film Name: The School Bag

Duration: 14:51

Country: India

Language: Urdu

Director: Dheeraj Jindal

Film Synopsis:  The School Bag is a drama about surprises we plan and the ones we can’t even imagine. Watch this tale about Faaruq and his mother that will make you question the world we live in.

Director’s Bio: Dheeraj Jindal is a director based in New Delhi, India. After finishing his studies in films, he started his career as an assistant director in 2009. In the beginning he started working on documentaries, however, soon he began exploring the diversity of the films linked to the corporate world.He was a part of many documentaries which has won awards and screened on prime time at National televisions. Soon Dheeraj started working on TV commercials with renowned directors. Later, he started to direct his own TV commercials as well.Recently, he also directed an animation PSA on ‘Save the Tiger’, which has won various accolades at many International film festivals.

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Film Name: Two World

Duration: 12:44

Country: India

Language: Bengali

Director: Satyajit Das

Film Synopsis: A boy 8 years old who is garbage cleaner and her mother felt in coma physically in a puja days the boy sell his garbage and earn 150 rupee and buy a sharee and sweet. the boy see the dream how he will survived with her mother.

Director’s Bio: A short documentary film maker from Delhi .Work with Renown film maker in Tollywood industry .Studied in Delhi film school.

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Film Name: Vitha

Duration: 15:33

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Director: Avishkar Bharadwaj

Film Synopsis: Based on a true story which is set in rural India during 1964 of the Theater Empress Vithabai Narayangaonkar, who goes on to performs in a live show while her pregnancy is due.

Director’s Bio: Avishkar Bharadwaj is a 21 year old Internationally acclaimed Indian film director, writer & actor of multiple short films. He is an alumnus of Whistling Woods International Film school. He has traveled across the world as a cultural exchange student in his teenage years while representing India.

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Film Name: Are you Volleyball?

Duration:  15:00

Country: Iran

Language: Arabic, English

Director: Mohammad Bakhshi

Film Synopsis: A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can’t keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.

Director’s Bio: Mohammad Bakhshi (Rafsanjan, IRAN, 1987) became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Rafsanjan in 2005. He received his Bachelors in Cinema from Tehran’s University of Art in 2010 and his Masters in Theater from Azad University a few years later. Mohammad Bakhshi won more than 120 awards from national and international film festival and also his films participated in 350 festivals included OSCAR,GOYA and BAFTA qualify film festivals like ShortShorts, Lanzarote, Encounters, Alicante and etc. He has participated in several national and international film festival as a jury member.

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Film Name: Beyond the Fence

Duration:  17:41               

Country: Iran

Language: Persian

Director: Arman Gholipourdashtaki

Film Synopsis: Behnaz is a really talented football player. Her dream is to play for the Iranian football team and play in the best European leagues. She trains hard and is determined but being a girl and living in a small town in Iran presents difficulties. A documentary about dreams, family and football

Director’s Bio: Arman Gholipourdashtaki. date of birth 1990. date of film-making beginning:2005 making more than 10 documentary films presence at national and international documentary festivals and gaining various prizes independent documantary maker making the documantaries about local and native topics in Zagros geography of Iran.

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Film Name: Dream of Life

Duration: 3:51  

Country: Iran

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Director: Nazila Rajaeieh

Film Synopsis: A father and his daughter are playing With a ball. The ball is thrown into the hands of an old woman who is watching the scene. When the woman is going to throw back the ball, some surreal atmospheres appear that reflects her life cycles.

Director’s Bio: Born in 1985 Iran/Esfahan, B.A. in painting from Yazd univercity, M.A in animation from Tarbiat modares Univercity.

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Film Name: Peace Carpet

Duration: 4:06

Country: Iran

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Director: Ziba Arzhang

Film Synopsis: Everyone is looking for a deer, deer is pregnant. She is thinking of saving her child’s life, and she goes through various bedsto save her child’s life. The curtain design is woven on the carpet.

Director’s Bio: Ziba Arzhang is a member of the Iranian Association of Asphyxes, a graduate of the Iranian Young Cinema Film Association. Creating six short films and participating in more than fifty national and international festivals including in the inshort film festival England , River film festival Italy , film festival talyBiki Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival South Korean Anim arte Brazil , VFF15 theValley film festival ,The Alter-Native 23 International Short Film Festival and Getmultiple awards as the best animated and animated animated animation films from the national festivals and International,such as Bradford Little Animation Award, 2016, World Film Festival, for my Sardasht animation.

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Film Name: Chocolate

Duration: 12:00

Country: Iran

Language: Turkish

Director: Mehdi Heidari

Film Synopsis: Believe slightest affection of little minds can not be removed memory (Victor Hugo)

Director’s Bio: I Mehdi Heidari Iranian filmmaker in 1980 in Bonab East Azerbaijan province was born in 1998 at the University of IRIB in sound lessons have read and Sdbrdary more than ten series and movies have done because of an interest in filmmaking in 2008, making I have begun a short film and short films (the whaite lake) (wavelet), (cluod) and chocolate made film.

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Film Name: The Sea Swells

Duration:  16:15

Country:  Iran

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Director: Amir Gholami

Film Synopsis: An old man lives in a hut in the middle of the sea (no dry land). He cut the tree from the dry battle in the middle of the sea and make the coffin for the dead of the battlefield. The battlefield is under the sea.

Director’s Bio: Amir Gholami / Master’s Degree in Cinema / Professor of Cinema in University / Making 3 Short Films and 2 Documentaries / Receiving More Than 40 National and International Cinema Awards / Writing and publishing more than 30 cinema articles / Juris in several national and international film festivals.

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Film Name: This Dog is Not for Sale

Duration: 13:58

Country: Iran

Language: Persian

Director: Zaniar Kakekhani

Film Synopsis: the story of a young girl who, recently emancipated from prison, holds a baby in her arms and goes in search of his boyfriend who is the father of the baby.

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Film Name: This is Not your Home

Duration: 23:18                

Country: Iran

Language: Persian

Director: Meisam Pourjafari

Film Synopsis: Jabar Navid, 100-years photographer from Anzali, spends his old age with others till the death comes.

Director’s Bio: Meisam Pourjafari was born in Rasht, Iran in 1988. He is studying cinema in Iranian Youth Cinema Society. He has started his professional career as a Director Assistant in cinema. The well-known movies were “More Than Two Hours” by Ali Asgari in Short Film Competition at The Cannes Festival 2013 as well as “The Baby” by the same director premiered in competition of The Venice Film Festival. In terms of documentary, his first experience as a director is “This Is Not Your Home”. Simultaneously, he has been working as a photojournalist.

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Film Name: Varahram

Duration: 6:30  

Country: Iran

Language: Persian

Director: Mahdi Kamrani

Film Synopsis: A short film about a little girl who wants to play with other kids in their alley and play with ball but her mother prevents her even she locks the door to keep the girl inside the home, then other kids wants to play with her.

Director’s Bio: 30 years old, born in small and green town in north of Iran Gorgan. Graduated from Iranian youth Cinema Society in fimmaking and screen writing. Varahram is my first film (Varahram is an ancient name for Bahram and it means wall breaker). I also made two 1 min videos for respecting dogs named “I…” that won 2 awards and one of them awarded in United Nations of Geneva and the other about Iranshar’s girls with name Iranshahr, about girls whom raped but even their family forced them not tell to legal authorities or anyone. I am going to make my next short film.

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Film Name: Batase

Duration:  8:30

Country:  Australia (Country of filming is Nepal)

Language:  English

Director:  Oliver Marsden

Film Synopsis: 44 kilometers outside the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu lies Batase village. This is their story.

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Film Name: Disenchanted Cinema

Duration: 20:00

Country: Slovenia (Country of filming is Nepal)

Language: Nepali

Director: Eva Pivac, Matjaz Pinter

Film Synopsis: The film Disenchanted Cinema takes us on a short journey to three remote mountainous villages in Mid-Western Nepal. In these villages, German anthropologist Michael Oppitz shot his legendary ethnographic film Shamans of the Blind Country (1981). A mobile cinema brings the film back to the places where it was filmed and gives the new generations an opportunity to revisit their own history through the ‘’magic’’ of cinema. Viewing their own past and present everyday life on the screen, the spectators go through a disenchanting experience.

Director’s Bio: Eva Pivač and Matjaž Pinter are young directors of documentary and short films. Their current long-term project comprises the production of several documentary films shot in Nepal’s Himalayas where they are also engaged in an in-depth anthropological research. Takasera (2016) was their first film and was supported by the Irish Research Council (Dublin, Ireland), the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Ljubljana and Angart Film collective, Slovenia. Their recent film Disenchanted Cinema (2017), shot in Mid-Western Nepal was made in collaboration with Batoko Cinema (Kathmandu) and support of Michael Oppitz.

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Film Name: Gya (z)

Duration: 5:00  

Country: Nepal

Language: Nepali

Director: Pratish Shrestha

Film Synopsis: A young man is in search of meaning of his existence in chaos.

Director’s Bio: I am film school student from Nepal. I have studied film Direction in Oscar International College in Nepal.This is my last year college project. “gya (Z)” has got Best cinematography award from Indie Cypros Short film festival and has been selected in more than ten film festivals.

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Film Name: Pahichan

Duration: 7:00  

Country: Nepal

Language: Nepali

Director: Yajaswi Rai

Film Synopsis: A story of Rukshana Kapali, Pahichan , shows how the struggle for her identity is part of routine work for the 19 years old trans woman in Nepal.In 2007, the Government of Nepal started issuing citizenship with an “other” option to transgender people on a rolling basis. Having official documentation that reflects the person self-identification and gender presentation allows for “third gender” identifying individuals to open bank accounts, own property and register for universities. However, implementation of these laws and recognition of these people by society and bureaucrats are still amiss. Rukshana is one among very few transgenders in Nepal who has completed her high school. Now, she is the first among them who has changed her name legally in all related documents but is yet to receive a registration number from Tribhuvan University since the past one and half years.

Director’s Bio: Yajaswi Rai is a documentary filmmaker from Nepal. She has been working in films and digital media since 2018.

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Film Name: Smoke through a Spider Web

Duration: 14:55

Country: Nepal

Language: Nepali

Director: Niranjan Raj Bhetwal

Film Synopsis: The film is set in the remote village of Nepal, where the society is still segregated by the system of caste and beliefs. Sabitri, who’s from a lower caste is a trained stove maker and she along with her husband travels around her village to make a stove. But people, afraid of getting their kitchen impure by the entry of such lower class people, reject Sabitri to build a stove inside their home.

Director’s Bio: Born in Nepal, Niranjan earned bachelor degree in Film Studies specializing in Film Direction. His short film Kafal Pakyo (Bayberries Have Ripened) travelled to more than 65 film festival and won 5 different award. He was appreciated by Nepal Film Development Board for promoting Nepali film to international market.He is currently developing his first feature film “Across the Rainbow Bridge”.

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Film Name: Allah Hoo (Absolution Within)

Duration: 5:22

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Amani Vaqar

Film Synopsis: Everyday as humans living in a society with issues that are suppressed, we tend to go through experiences we thought we never would. Such experiences leave us traumatized, baffled, confused. Mental health is the result of trauma, mental health is the reason for others damage. And much more. In light of the Kasur incidents as well, this short music video is about finding absolution within, it’s about keeping your inner fine lit and facing the world. Falling down 7 and getting up 8 times. It’s about solving our issues. Mental health being one of the most ignored issues existing in our society to date. Through awareness, my target is a change, and through change, my target is societal and inner peace.

Director’s Bio: Amani Vaqar Pagganwala (born 15 January 1995) is a Pakistani film director and writer. Pagganwala made her directorial debut in a couple of short films, which were praised by audiences, teachers as well as critics. Her first short film was Symphony No. 3 (2016) , which was followed by Sounds of Silence (2017). All these were based on issues revolving around mental and physical issues that are least talked about in our society. Graduated from Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, she has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Design & Film. Taking inspiration from directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Copolla and Nolan, Amani has a determination to bring about a film revolution in Pakistan.

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Film Name: Darya k Paar (Across the River)

Duration: 17:00

Country: Pakistan

Language: Not mentioned

Director: Haroon Habib

Film Synopsis: Across the River is the allegorical story of a young women’s struggle her passion to become a renowned cyclist but riding bikes is frowned upon. She could no longer the calling and decides to pursue her dreams.

Director’s Bio: Haroon Habib is an Independent filmmaker, He is graduated in Multimedia Arts from the National College of Arts. He started making films in 2002 and directed many short films documentaries and music videos. His Short Films has been screened at many film festivals all over the world.

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Film Name: Dia

Duration: 23:54

Country: United Kingdom (Country of Filming is Pakistan)

Language: Urdu

Director: Hamza Bangash

Film Synopsis: Mariam is determined to escape her conservative family by pursuing a secret romance online. When her mother suggests an arranged marriage, she refuses, saying she needs time. With the clock ticking, her romance takes a dark twist, revealing the extremes that Mariam will go to keep her relationship alive.

Director’s Bio: Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker and playwright. In 2014, he graduated with a degree in Film and Theatre Studies from Queen’s University. After graduating, Bangash returned to Pakistan to pursue a career in the arts. His theatrical production, Baraf Paani, was invited to perform at the National Academy of Performing Arts International Theatre Festival 2015. In 2016, Bangash began pre-production on his debut short film, Rang Raaz.

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Film Name: Dua

Duration: 30:00

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Mona Javed

Film Synopsis: My film centers on Dua, a little girl living in a madrassa. Little girls like her are abandoned to live in a madrassa till they come of age and are married off by their parents; it comes full circle when Sobia, an older madrassa girl, is taken off to get married.

Director’s Bio: My name is Mona Javed. I am originally from Toba Tek Singh. I did Film and Tv from NCA and graduated last year. I like working with children in my films and they are usually my protagonists.

Film Name: Dakhtar e Adam

Duration: 5:00

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

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Film Name: Father’s Grave

Duration: 11:32

Country: Pakistan

Language: Persian

Director:  Ali Mehdi

Film Synopsis: An orphan kid inspired by the crowd on a particular area of graveyard, wants the crowd to be on his father’s grave too. In order to do that he thinks he must make the grave of his father as beautiful as possible.

Director’s Bio: Ali Mehdi is a Pakistani film-maker based in Karachi Pakistan. He has graduated in Film and TV from Iqra University Karachi. This film is his final thesis short film.

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Film Name: Just a Cup of Tea

Duration: 15:00

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Muhammad Belaal Imran

Film Synopsis: Tea is that one thing everyone loves to have but can it be so special for someone that he can wait for just that special cup for years. A narrative journey of Ghulam Raees (Rashid Farooqi) who takes us back in time where he used to work at the tea store of Ahmedeen (Qazi Wajid) and they both used to enjoy tea together. Who made that special tea, why was it so special to both the characters is the story that unfolds with beautiful visuals and engaging music of Bas Ek Piyali Chai.

Director’s Bio: Born in 1990, Muhammad Belaal Imran is a graduate of film studies from Iqra University Karachi. Completing his studies in 2017 and making his mark in the industry came side by side with the award winning travel film Arz-e-Pakistan which brought him credit as a cinematographer on international level for Pakistan from various countries like Turkey, Germany, Spain and India being the top ones crediting the master piece. Having a dream to shoot and produce content for a family oriented audience inspired him to write for his own projects that are ready to make a mark in film festivals. Nanu or Main (Grandfather and me) and Bas Ek Piyali Chai (Just a cup of tea) are the most recent works that Belaal has written himself. Being a filmmaker and visually inspired person he decided to shoot and write a short film “Nanu or Main” directed by Ali Sohail Jaura who believes that he did justice to his vision. Family Films being the production house he started with his friends is doing great as a company which produced all the great work Belaal has done with his amazing team. “We all have our talents and skills it’s just the perfect amount of polish we need to apply for making them shine” says Belaal.

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Film Name: Khaak (Soil)

Duration: 25:35

Country: Pakistan

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Film Synopsis: Muhammad Nasir Ali Mazari is a Pakistani freelance Cinematographer, actor, Director, Writer, Documentary Filmmaker and Voiceover Artist. His recent work as writer and actor was a Short Film Jahan Ara which was screened in Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Director’s Bio: The documentary is about the relationship between humans and soil. Everything is made of soil and we take everything for granted. In my opinion, soil never dies. It evolves to recreate. In fact, soil is hope.

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Film Name: Knitted Beliefs

Duration: 15:00

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Salman Alam Khan

Film Synopsis: A freelance photographer and filmmaker graduated in Media Studies. My passion is to work on human stories and cultures.

Director’s Bio: It’s the story of Narayanpura, a minorities compound in Karachi, Pakistan where Hindus, Sikhs and Christians are living in harmony and peace with Muslims. In Pakistan over the last ten years more than 4000 people have been killed in different incidents of violence against minorities including sectarian violence but Narayanpura has not seen such an incident over many years.

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Film Name: Your Pam Pam

Duration: 21:52

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Mehroz Amin

Film Synopsis: In 1980s of pakistan lover’s use to talk through love letters now there is this guy who manipulate love letters for money. One day an anonymous letters comes through his door and he starts to fallen for the words of her.’

Director’s Bio: Mehroz Amin is a filmmaker / actor based in Pakistan, Lahore. Doing is graduation from Beacon house national university. As a student I have made few short films, which have run around few Pakistani local film festivals. In addition to that I have worked as an Ad in a feature film based in Pakistan and also in few drama serials. I have been working as a street life photographer from 2012.

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Film Name: Waahi

Duration: 5:00  

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Arsalan Majid

Film Synopsis: Waahi is the story of Iqbal Mai, a woman who is a wheat farmer based in Punjab, Pakistan. Being a woman, she recounts how she had to stand on her own two feet to support her family, living in a male dominated society.                                     

Director’s Bio: Arsalan Majid is a film maker based in Pakistan who tries to tell stories through his camera that he thinks would have a positive impact in the world. He has won numerous awards, both locally and internationally and is known for his ability of making cinematic films on hard to tell stories based on the society around him. His work includes documentaries, travel films and television commercials.

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Film Name: Wilderness

Duration: 4:56

Country: Pakistan

Language: (Not given)

Director: Ali Sattar

Film Synopsis: The grandeur and mystique of Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern areas of Pakistan), home to the Himalayas and the Karakorum mountain ranges, is such that each time you come back you are in a dream-like state for the next few weeks. It is almost a spiritual experience. This video was shot during such an excursion, with a one-man setup and minimal equipment in a run and gun style. This is my humble attempt to remember that dream.

Director’s Bio: Ali Sattar is a Film-maker based in Islamabad/Karachi, Pakistan. He is a Director & Cinematographer. He specialises in direction for music videos, corporate films, TVCs and feature films. He is passionate about creating narratives that evoke introspection.

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Film Name: Zeeshan

Duration: 24:21

Country: Pakistan

Language: Urdu

Director: Syed Nabil Hasan Rizvi

Film Synopsis: Zeeshan, an everyman tired with mundaneness and mediocrity of life that surrounds him thinks that entering in his boss’s circle would change things. However, the means with which he tries to enter becomes more meaningful than the ends he was trying to meet.

Director’s Bio: Nabil Hasan studied 4 years of Film-making from Szabist, located in Karachi, Pakistan. He’s always mostly worked as a cinematographer in all production projects be it short films, music videos, corporate documentaries, dvc’s or tvc’s. However, Zeeshan was his first student thesis short film as a Director and Writer.

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Film Name: Shadows

Duration: 26:36

Country: Srilanka

Language: Other

Director: Athula Peiris

Film Synopsis: This is the story about the pressures and lack of media freedom that journalists face in a dictatorship of any country.

Director’s Bio: Athula Peiris joined National Television of Sri Lanka (RUPAVAHINI) in 1996 as a TV producer & Director. His artistry began from stage drama and he has national and international awards for his works.

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Film Name: Wind Through the Holes

Duration: 7:10  

Country: Srilanka

Language: Sinhala,Tamil

Director: Roshan Edward

Film Synopsis: Set in the backdrop of postwar Sri Lanka, a mother tries to hold on to her son’s memory despite the hardships she endures.

Director’s Bio: Roshan Edward began his career as an editor and colorists working on some of the most significant films, dramas, and commercials in Sri Lanka and has established himself and a leading professional in the local creative industry. This is Roshan’s debut as a filmmaker.

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