Archive for May, 2010

finished the channel 4 shoot

May 22, 2010

completed shooting with the channel 4 team, wonderful people to work with … god bless and god speed.

heard some moving stories of victims & survivors, will share short notes as i write-up.

thank you cathy, chris and sarah … you made it wonderful learning experience.

be safe all

Shame by Sharjil Baloch-Powerful documentary

May 21, 2010

worth the time & bandwidth

Shame : Director: Sharjil Baloch | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2005

Synopsis: “Shame” is part of the honor killing awareness-raising campaign in rural Sindh and southern Punjab. The directors take to the road, documenting shocking interviews that uncover a deep-rooted gender bias in rural Pakistan as well as the first ever footage of a karion jo qabristan, an unmarked graveyard where victims of honor killing are buried without any ritual. An important and timely film.

channel 4 – final round

May 20, 2010

continuing from the earlier post on the subject:

today 20 may 2010, evening, atif sheikh, muneer ahmed, and i recorded our impressions and comments on how we went through the trauma of october 5, 2009, and what we went through in days and months following the incident. atif and muneer recalled their treatment, and how it has changed their view of the world and life itself. where as i talked about these, and how global survivors network, came into being, and what plans the pakistan terrorism survivors network has for working to network the survivors of terrorism in pakistan.

over all, the recordings went well, and became emotional at times, now it is for cathy and chris to weave the footage into the segments of the documentary.

on the face of it, and seeing the way cathy, chris, and sarah, have put their heart in the project, i can safely say that it will be a good portrayal of what is happening in pakistan, and how the world needs to re-think, revisit, and re-strategize their thoughts about terrorism and its effects on the common people in pakistan.

we hope that there will be no more gul rukh tahir’s and no more tahir wadood malik’s in pakistan … a far fetched hope, but achievable given half a will.

channel 4 UK documentary on terrorist attacks in islamabad

May 17, 2010

Cathy Scott-Clark May 13 at 9:53pm

Sir, I also sent a message to your blog. I am Islamabad making a film about survivors and victims of bomb blasts in the city. I urgently would like to meet you. Please call me 0300 575 0931.

Cathy Scott-Clark
Channel 4 and Guardian newspaper

dear friends

i met with cathy and chris yesterday, may 14 afternoon, and we had a fairly long discussion about the terrorism situation in pakistan. as her mail to me (above) says she is making a film for channel 4 UK, about the bombings in islamabad, and would like to meet as many victims / survivors of terrorist attacks / bombings in islamabad, to get their perspective on the prevailing situation.

since we have been affected by this, directly or indirectly, some of you may like to talk to cathy, on, or off the record, and help her make sense of this seemingly helpless situation.

i will be more than glad to facilitate your interaction and be present so as to make you feel more comfortable, if you would so like. please remember this will on a personal basis, and any reference to where you work will be in passing, just to make your background clear.

she has a special interest in wfp, iiui, and other locations/organizations, as the islamabad police is talking about the wfp investigation, arrests made, and case filed as a major breakthrough in the ict police fight against terrorism. cathy and her team have been provided clips of the wfp /iiui cctv, and other footage by the police to help them in the making of the documentary.

as i always say, talking is therapy, we keep our thoughts bottled up and keep smoldering inside, with no help from anyone … this may be an opportunity to let the steam out. talking to cathy does not mean your story will be used, unless you want it to be, but it will surely help her and all of us unravel what is happening, by getting your perspective on this.

good luck, god speed, and best wishes.