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Intl film festival on human rights kicks off

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ISLAMABAD: Freedom for the Wolf – a German film kicked off the 16 day International Film Festival highlighting human rights through cinematography arranged by United Nations Information Center in Islamabad (UNIC) here on Sunday at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The film focused on the theme `Democracy is in crisis” as a new generation of elected leaders is dismantling freedom and democracy. Filmed over three years in five countries, Freedom for the Wolf is an epic investigation into this new regime. From the young students of Hong Kong to a rapper in post-Arab Spring Tunisia and the viral comedians of Bollywood, the film discovers how people from every corner of the globe are fighting the same struggle. They are fighting against elected leaders who trample on human rights, minorities, and their political opponents.
Director of the film Rupert Russell and his producers, Camilla Hall and Patrick Hamm, filmed in five countries – Tunisia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, United States – over three continents. In their search for the modern meaning of freedom, they interviewed pro-China politicians, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hindu nationalist vigilantes, Tunisian rappers, Bollywood comedians, and Trump-voting autoworkers. The event is being arranged in celebration of 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in collaboration with the European Union. The 4th edition of the international film festival will take place till 10 December featuring 27 thematic documentaries to be screened in Gujrat, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Mardan, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, and Swat.
Documentaries are focused on the universality of human rights and related human stories across the world. Among the key themes are the freedom of expression, minority rights, gender equality, access to justice and the death penalty. Screenings will be followed by discussions with filmmakers, journalists, government and civil society representatives and human rights defenders.

 

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Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar welcomed in Pk.

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LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan today said the current visit of noted Indian poet Javed Akhtar along with his film star wife Shabana Azmi to Pakistan would open new doors of peace for Pak-India relationships.
In a meeting with Indian celebrity couple here on Friday, he said: “Pakistanis are the most peaceful and loving people and Pakistan, indeed, has fought on front-line in the war against terrorism”.
Chohan said that both neighboring countries should work together in the areas of art to promote harmony and peace in the region.
On this occasion, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar said that they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome which had been given to them by the people of Pakistan.
“We will never forget the love and respect which we get during the visit”, they added.

 

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IHC turns down plea seeking ban on Donkey King release!

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday dismissed the maintainability of a petition seeking a ban on the release of the film ‘The Donkey King’.
IHC judge Justice Aamer Farooq announced its judgment that was earlier reserved after an initial hearing on the petition.
The petitioner had sought a ban on the animated film and stated that it was ‘humiliating’ towards the Raja caste. At first, the IHC reserved its verdict on whether the petition is maintainable or not and then dismissed it.

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Saima Noor lays stress on professional approach for film making

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LAHORE: Eminent filmstar, Saima Noor said on Monday that Pakistan film industry had been making progress for the last many years.
Talking to APP, she said that the film industry had been ruined by non-professional film producers, who did not introduce new subjects and produced films based on caste. But, during that period some professional producers and directors made very good films, she observed.
Saim Noor said that now educated and professional people were making films which were going to be successful. She asked the professional old producers to rejoin the film industry to share their expertise with new producers.

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