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Feb 11, 2011

LIDF media forum, karachi – Filmmaking For Social Change

by Patrick Hazard

I am Agha | Atif Ahmad, Kiran Mushtaq, M.Umar Saeed | 2010 | 7min

Two years ago the Filmmaking for Social Change project was set up to enable young Pakistani filmmakers to produce documentaries which raise awareness of the negative impact of violent extremism, conflict, social exclusion and poor governance. The films have since been screened to appreciative British audiences  at the LIDF09 and LIDF10. To date 16 documentaries have been produced by 45 young filmmakers through hands-on training workshops. These documentaries focus on stories of individual lives affected by bomb blasts and riots in Pakistan, the effects of extremism on arts and culture, interfaith harmony, and poverty in Pakistan.

LIDF Media Forum Karachi is the next stage in the project. A symposium and screening that will debate, celebrate and explore issues facing documentary filmmakers in Pakistan and beyond, and their part in encouraging social change and active citizenship. It will mark the launch of the Filmmaking for Social Change roadshow – an extended period of public screenings and debates across Pakistan that will showcase the films made during the project. Films that tell the stories of Pakistan’s citizens – how they live and work, the challenges they face, and their aspirations for the future.

28th February, 9.00 – 18.00
Avari Towers, Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

The forum will focus on:

  • A presentation by the students of their Filmmaking for Social Change films;
  • A celebration of the best of international documentary film presented by the LIDF;
  • Knowledge-sharing, and synthesis of emerging practice and the latest thinking on film as a tool for social change;
  • The role played by the media in creating the opportunities for citizens to participate, interact, give rein to free and constructive expression, and demands for accountability;
  • An appeal to Pakistani filmmakers, broadcasters and NGOs to engage with the LIDF and strengthen international collaboration in the documentary field;

Final programme

09.00: Welcome
09.15: Keynote address
Patrick Hazard: Filmmaking and Social Change
09.45 – 11.15: Films from the project (Part 1) + Q&A with the students
Break
11.30: Films from the LIDF
12.30: Presentation by Abrar Hassan (Morango Films): The Role of the Independent Media
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Films from the project (Part 2) + Q&A with the students
15.30 – 16.00: Films from the LIDF
Break
16.30: Presentation of certificates by Masood Hamid (DAWN) to the student filmmakers followed by informal breakout discussions and networking
17.00: Round table discussion and audience Q&A: Film and Social Change – Babar Sheikh (Filmmaker), Aisha Arif Khan ((Faculty, Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi and Indus Valley), Patrick Hazard (LIDF)
17.45-18.45: Q&A session between Patrick Hazard and the press
18-45-19.30: Refreshments / Informal meet and greet with the press

Spaces are limited. To reserve a place  Register for LIDF MEDIA FORUM, KARACHI - FILMMAKING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE in Karachi, Pakistan  on Eventbrite or write to tickets@lidf.co.uk

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