“Made in Pakistan” Screening and Discussion at WMS

Arts Alliance of Northern NH
Award-winning film follows the lives of four young, middle-class Pakistanis in 2007, providing a rare glimpse into life in Pakistan. 
By the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire; Executive Director, Frumie Selchen

Filmmaker Ayesha Khan will screen and discuss the insightful and surprising documentary film “Made in Pakistan” in the Great Hall at The White Mountain School, Bethlehem at 7 pm on Friday, February 10th. The 60-minute film conveys the daily experience of four young urbanites living in a country shrouded by misconceptions.
 
Khan, director of the feature film “KASHF: Lifting of the Veil” and executive producer of “Made in Pakistan,” is one of Pakistan’s most talented and dynamic young filmmakers. After the free screening she will discuss the making of the film and take questions from the audience.
 
“Made in Pakistan,” a 60-minute documentary directed by Nasir Khan, follows the lives of four young, middle-class Pakistanis during the state of emergency declared by Pervez Musharraf in 2007. Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York, “Made in Pakistan” provides a rare glimpse into life in Pakistan — a country where politics, fashion, religion, debate and tradition intermingle — and where a single definition of an Islamic State no longer holds true.
 
The film is a successful example of independent filmmaking in contemporary Pakistan, and provides a framework for thought-provoking discussion led by a bright new voice from the country’s burgeoning film industry.
 
The free screening, presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire in partnership with The White Mountain School, is part of “Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet,” a national pilot program designed to establish greater understanding between American and Muslim societies by showcasing the diversity of Islamic art and culture.
 
“Caravanserai,” coordinated locally by the Arts Alliance, introduces American audiences to some of the most exciting and dynamic artists from the Muslim world; Pakistani artists are the focus of the first year. The Arts Alliance is one of only five arts organizations nationwide selected to participate in the pilot year.
 
“We are so pleased to partner with The White Mountain School in presenting this exciting filmmaker,” said Frumie Selchen, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance. “We hope that both students and adults will come to the screening, meet Ayesha and take part in the discussion afterwards. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a little understood region of the world and to talk about it with an artist who has great insight and understanding.”
 
Khan will be in New Hampshire for three days, February 9th to 11th, and will participate in several public and school programs around the state. “Made in Pakistan” will also be shown at 7 pm on Thursday, February 9th, in Boyd 001 at Plymouth State University (by donation), and at 7 pm on Saturday, February 11th, at Red River Theatres, Concord (admission $10). Both programs include a post-screening discussion with Ayesha Khan. Filmmakers and film buffs are also invited to an informal afternoon tea hosted by the NH Society of Female Film Artists from 2:30 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, February 11th, at the law offices of Gallagher, Callahan, and Gartrell, PC, 214 North Main Street, Concord.
 
Khan’s three-day residency follows a week-long October residency during which traditional Pakistani musicians shared their music and traditions. Contemporary musicians are the focus of Caravanserai’s springtime offering. Caravanserai is managed nationally by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The film residencies are coordinated by South Arts.
 
For additional information about Ayesha’s residency, including a full schedule of public programs, visit www.aannh.org. To learn about Caravanserai, visit www.caravanserai-arts.org.
 
The nonprofit Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire works to promote, support and sustain culture, heritage and the arts throughout northern New Hampshire, and is funded in part by an operating grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Read a recent interview with Ayesha Khan on NH Public Radio here.

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