Pakistan Calling: A Candid View (Part 2/2)

October 25, 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. In a conversation with Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh, the Director of The Samosa, Anwar Akhtar, discusses the origins of Pakistan Calling: a film project in collaboration with the Royal...

Pakistan Calling: A Candid View (Part 1/2)

October 20, 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? This is the first of a two part series. In a conversation with Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh, the Director of The Samosa, Anwar Akhtar, discusses the origins of Pakistan Calling: a film project in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts...

Pakistan and India: Meeting in the Middle

September 05, 2013

Civil society is the starting point for peace and reconciliation between Pakistan and India.  Many films in Pakistan Calling cover troubles in the South Asian country. The films also focus on extraordinary civil society groups doing incredible work to ease — if not eradicate —...

VIDEO: Educating Pakistan – One Child at a Time

July 29, 2013

It is every child's right to get an education. A profile of The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF), a Pakistan education charity with a nationwide presence in 93 towns and cities across Pakistan, with 910 school units teaching over 115,000 underprivileged children. Amina Salahuddin and other TCF...

VIDEO: I Am Agha

July 22, 2013

In Pakistan, most children living in poverty will die before their 18th birthday. This film tells the story of a street child (Agha Khan) who collects garbage and works hard to survive. Life goes on, no matter what happens around him. While Agha’s most pressing concern is survival, he also...

VIDEO: Samiulla’s Story

July 17, 2013

Amid terror, Pakistani children are having to become family breadwinners. “Do not cry for your father because now it is you who has to be the responsible one.” These were the words spoken to Samiulla at his father’s funeral. In 2009, a bomb blast killed his father. In the blast,...

Pakistan in the Media: Telling the Story

July 07, 2013

British media reflects a relatively negative view of Pakistan. Jon Snow talks candidly to Suzanne Wakefield of the London Metropolitan University about how Pakistan is portrayed and covered in the media, in the context of the many issues, stories and conflicts in the region. He also looks at how...

Pakistan Calling: A New Way of Thinking

July 07, 2013

Switching the spotlight: taking a deeper look at Pakistan's underreported issues. Background There is often a lack of range and depth in what is reported about Pakistan. Since the Afghanistan War, the media have remained fixated on covering terrorism and sectarian related events. No doubt,...