Women Filmmakers From Sindh And Balochistan Selected For The Largest Filmmaking Grant

Women Filmmakers From Sindh And Balochistan Selected For The Largest Filmmaking Grant
Twenty female filmmakers from Sindh and Balochistan have been selected by PATAKHA PICTURES to participate in the “Stories from Southern Pakistan” funding and mentorship program. This PKR 1 Crore project, supported by a grant from U.S. Consulate Karachi, is PATAKHA PICTURES’ third, and largest, filmmaking grant in Pakistan.

Working in pairs, these filmmakers will be mentored by some of the most lauded global experts in the film industry to produce 10 short documentaries that reflect on and question their society on themes such as women's empowerment, violence against women and minorities, arts, culture, climate change and peacebuilding. Furthermore, this is the first-time women filmmakers from Balochistan have been given such an opportunity to show and share their stories.

“The U.S. government funded this grant because Americans value the empowerment of women and their having equal opportunity for economic inclusion. We at U.S. Consulate Karachi congratulate the female participants selected for this program. We hope they learn valuable skills in filmmaking and use their films as a platform for raising awareness on social issues, calling attention to the struggles of everyday people, challenging assumptions, and highlighting critical new ways of thinking. We firmly believe these filmmakers will play a vital role in inspiring new visions for Pakistan’s future, and we are excited to see what they produce,” said Consul General Nicole Theriot from the U.S. Consulate in Karachi.

Launched in partnership with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi [ITA] and the U.S. Consulate General Karachi, international filmmakers brought in as mentors for the program include Noé Mendelle (member of the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences, and Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute) and Jesse Ericka Epstein (Sundance Award-Winning documentary filmmaker, and VMA Affiliated Faculty, Emerson College). Participating filmmakers will join online practical documentary sessions over 8 months where they will explore documentary creativity for the international film festival market.

After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions from female documentary filmmakers for “Stories from Southern Pakistan”, the following pairs of applicants were selected to take part in the program:

Names of Applicants Project Title
Alina Rizwan & Alina Azhar Lost Schools & Sinking Education
Aqsa Abdul Qadir & Amatullah Saeed Ghazdarabad - Women can rule
Kainat Thebo & Ayesha Abro Made with Love
Zehra Nawab & Mariam Paracha Her Karachi
Shalalae Jamil & Ayessha Quraishi Nayyar Jamil: An Art story.
Fizza Kanwal & Sidra Arif Impact of Climate Change and Women of Balochistan
Mahwish Saeed & Saira Baloch Identity (pechaan)