KARACHI: The Edhi Foundation has said that a documentary on the life and works of Abdul Sattar Edhi, “The Kingdom of Mr Edhi”, has bagged an award in France.
The feature length film was made by Belgium filmmaker, Amelie Saillez in 2011. It was entered in the International Festival of Audio Visual Programs (FIPA) of France, where it won the FIPA’s D’Argent special prize in France.
An Edhi Foundation spokesman Anwer Kazmi said that Saillez visited Pakistan last year and spent 15 to 20 days in Karachi to film the documentary. “We are happy that this film has gained worldwide recognition. We will get its DVD in two weeks; we haven’t seen it yet.”
The short thesis for the film reads “The Kingdom of Mister Edhi is a fly-on-the-wall portrait of the condition of women in Pakistan as seen through the eyes and work of a fascinating married couple: Abdul Sattar Edhi and his wife Bilquis Edhi, the owners and tireless leaders of the country’s largest network of social assistance.”
Abdul Sattar Edhi is a renowned octogenarian philanthropist based in Karachi who set up his Edhi Foundation, which operates hospitals, mobile dispensaries, free kitchens, helicopters, airplanes and a nationwide network of ambulances. It funds hundreds of centres nationwide for orphans, senior citizens, drug abusers, the mentally disabled, abused women, even injured animals through donations.
His name was recently nominated by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize