Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 20 Years!
December 9th – 10th, 2019
2019 Call for Submissions – 20th Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian film festival
Filmi20 is now accepting submissions of all genres: shorts, docs, animation, web series and features. We are looking for new, innovative thought-provoking films from any genre with a South Asian theme and films acted, written, directed by South Asians!
Filmi 19 will be held December 7th & 8th, 2019 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
This documentary is about the inhuman act of Swara or Wanni which is practiced to this day in many parts of the country. Swara or Wanni is a social evil followed in our society in which girls (even minor) are given as compensation to the enemy families to settle the disputes ranging from murder to honor related issues. In this documentary the story of a victim girl from Swat who was given in Swara at the age of 11 has been narrated. She tells her own tragic story which made her life a real hell as she was treated as an animal by her in-laws. She tells the harrowing details of her ordeal as she gave birth to a baby girl at the age of 14 under very abject conditions.
This documentary shows different aspects of the issue including the historical background of the issue, media role in reporting this issue, the role of police while investigating the cases of Swara or Wanni and the legal aspects. That certain laws which protect the women rights, are still not extended to PATA (Provincial Administrative Tribal Areas) speak volumes about the official apathy towards the people living there.
Mostly in Swara or Wanni the girl is under age of 18 and all basic rights of a girl are violated. Our religion does not approve of such inhumane customs and accords a higher status to women. All the national and international laws also give complete rights to women and decisions cannot be imposed on them. This practice is the violation of the manifesto of UNO and likewise it violates article 16 of CEDAW of which Pakistan is a signatory.
Director: OHAIL ASGHAR
Won best documentary Award at International Film and Entertainment Festival Australia 2016.
Won Best Documentary award at LUMS International film festival Pakistan 2017
Assistant Director and production manager at Black Box sounds islamabad. http://www.blackboxsounds.com
Concept writer for Pakistan’s biggest campaign on education; Radio campaign Zara Shochiye (Think about it). Concept and Scriptwriter for TVCs and Radio Campaign on International Women’s Day for Aurat Foundation’s GEP Program supported by USAID.
Production Manager for 18 Documentaries for Save The Children, two minutes each. Among which 8 were animations and 10 were short stories.Production Manager for 16-episode TV Drama in Pashto on Countering Violence and Extremism.
Production Manager for documentary produced on Malala Yousafzai.Production Manager for KP-FATA Health program, which includes 6 PSMs and 4 real life stories, for the Government and Save the Children’s interventions in KP.Production Manager on documentary produced on Abdul Sattar Edhi.Assistant Director for Teacher’s Resource Centre’s 8 min documentary on innovation in education.Assistant director for Aurat Foundation’s success stories on women empowerment for USAID.Assistant Director on a documentary on Bonded Labour in Sindh, which was produced for Mehergarh.Assistant Director on documentary produced on interfaith harmony for UNDP, which featured activist Mona Prakash, an N-Peace Awards winner.Assistant Director of Documentary and two TVCs on awareness raising of Family Laws in Pakistan for the south of Punjab for European Union.Assistant Director on Women Empowerment series of 10 documentaries featuring strong inspiring women from across Pakistan for US Embassy Islamabad.
Assistant Director on four TVCs produced on awareness raising against child sexual abuse, early and early marriage, and puberty for Women Empowerment Group.
Assistant Director of song produced on standing in solidarity with Acid Survivors for the Acid Survivors Foundation.
Geo news Islamabad http://www.geo.tv
ATV News Islamabad http://www.atv.com.pk
Involved in sub editing, news monitoring and also a experience in reporting in field.
Work as researcher with the renowned journalists.
Broadcaster and co-producer
Swat FM radio
Involved in presenting and producing programmes on different social and political issues.