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Pak documentary to show country`s real picture

Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 15:07

Islamabad: A new documentary on Pakistan
that attempts to break the "oft-negative depictions" of the
"most dangerous country in the world" is set to be premiered
in Karachi on July 31.

The documentary -- `Made in Pakistan` -- re-examines the
country through the eyes of four young, middle-class
Pakistanis during the emergency imposed by former President
Pervez Musharraf in 2007.

The film by Nasir Khan follows the lives of Waleed
Khalid, a lawyer, Rabia Aamir, a journalist and working
mother, Mohsin Waraich, an aspiring politician, and Tara
Mehmood, an event and public relations manager.

It will also be the first Pakistani documentary ever to
get a theatrical release.

"Whenever I saw any coverage of Pakistan on foreign news
channels, it felt like an extremely myopic and stereotypical
representation of our people," Khan said.

"The Pakistan they repeatedly covered was only showing a
part of the story. Pakistan and Pakistanis were often labeled
as dangerous pariahs who should be secluded from the world
stage as we know it," Khan told Chup, an e-zine.

"As Pakistani filmmakers, we felt that their conclusions
were amateur and racist. We felt we could easily negate them
even if we showed a glimpse of Pakistan through the eyes of
Pakistanis. Thus began the journey for making `Made in

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 15:07

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