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Focus Pakistan Film Series | Screening of Madam Kazmi and the Drivers and K2 and the Invisible Footmen

Image: Still from K2 and the Invisible Footmen, 2015, (54 min), Director & Producer: Iara Lee Cinematographer & Editor: Jawad Sharif

The screening on 7 February is now sold out 

CARE Pakistan is Pakistan’s largest education foundation, currently providing over 270,000 of its most under-resourced children with a quality, marketable education in over 825 CARE-adopted government schools. Asia House is delighted to be partnering with Care Pakistan and The Rangoonwala Foundation to bring you award-winning and critically acclaimed shorts and documentaries from or about Pakistan as organised and selected by Care Pakistan. Celebrating the nuance and range of Pakistan’s social and cultural landscape, the programme of documentaries and short films, turn on the spotlight to show a dynamic and diverse country hosting perspectives that have not found representation on mainstream international media.

Note: All films are in Urdu with English subtitles.

Film screenings will take place on 7th, 13th and 22nd February at Asia House.

There will be a drinks reception at the end of each event.



Wednesday 7th February, 18.45 – 20.30 – SOLD OUT 

Madam Kazmi and the Drivers, 2012, (23 min), Director: Anca Dimofte

Madam Kazmi and the Drivers is a short documentary that gives a glimpse into the life of Zahida Kazmi who at the time was Pakistan’s first female taxi driver. The film follows her on her daily routine with her 7 year old Zara, at work with the other taxi drivers and during a spontaneous protest. Zahida is performing different roles which allow her to navigate from one reality to another.

This screening is followed by a short Q&A with the director Anna Dimofte (15 mins)

K2 and the Invisible Footmen, 2015, (54 min), Director & Producer: Iara Lee Cinematographer & Editor: Jawad Sharif

This 2015 Award winning documentary by director Iara Lee and Jawad Sharif chronicles the lives of both Pakistani porters and Nepalese Sherpas. The film also follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters, who successfully summited in 2014, in celebration of K2 60th anniversary. Amid breath-taking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 despite past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife. The film has won the Audience Award in Pakistan Mountain film festival, the Jury Prize in Barcelona at the BBVA Mountain Film Festival, Best film at the Rio Mountain festival, Best documentary in Salento Film Festival, Italy and best cinematography at Jaipur Film festival, among other awards.


For more information on the series and other screenings click here. 


All ticket proceeds will go directly to CARE schools to fund the education of under-privileged children.

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February 7, 2018
18:45 - 20:30
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