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The Talking Walls of Lahore is a short documentary about gra!ti in Pakistan's cultural heartland. Words consume the city's every last visible space: from herbal practitioners advertising impotency cures to political and religious slogans. In a country battling economic & political instability, facing an uncertain future, these ‘wall chalkings’ form a rich amalgamation of contradictory messages. The Talking Walls of Lahore journeys through an ancient city, exploring the complexities of how words are used and absorbed in a multitude of dimensions. It tells the story of how people can come to author and lay claim to their own city. The act of writing becomes emancipation, defying forces that attempt to bind individual expression.

Film Credits

Directors: Numra Siddiqui

Producers: Numra Siddiqui

Photography: Numra Siddiqui

Editing: Maria

Sound: Nico Metton

Music: Kash

Production Company: Grease Your Palm Productions


UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: No



Length: 14 min

Colour: Yes

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The Talking Walls of Lahore Screening:

  • Fri25May

    at Portobello PopUP Cinema

    25 May 2012 4:00 pm

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