Saving Face brings home first SAARC Film Award

By PPI
Published: May 21, 2012

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's Saving Face wins Best Documentary Award at SAARC Film Award. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: Pakistan won its first SAARC Film Award for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary Saving Face and a Silver Medal in the Best Feature Film category for Mehreen Jabbar’s Ramchand Pakistani, said a press release on Monday.

Awards for Best Documentary of the Year and Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in SAARC region were received on behalf of Pakistan by Seema Ilahi Balloch, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka at the award ceremony held on Sunday night in Colombo.

Another honour for Pakistan were the awards for Best Actor, which went to Manzar Sehbai and Rashid Farooqi for their roles in Bol and Ramchand Pakistani respectively.

Pakistan had been nominated for two feature films and one documentary in the awards.

The SAARC Film Festival concluded Sunday night with some of best films in the region being acknowledged and awarded. It was held for the second year this time, at National Film Corporation Cinema Hall, organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka and brought in nominations from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives & Sri Lanka.

Documentary and feature films were screened daily from May 16-20 for the general public. Well-known film directors from Singapore, Iran & Russia served as adjudicators at the regional film awards.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Pinto
    May 21, 2012 - 6:43PM

    They give awards only to creates bad image of countries from south asia.they’ll never highlight good things from this region

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  • Imran Con
    May 22, 2012 - 8:12AM

    @Pinto:
    Not quite right. It’s not about giving bad images to countries. It’s about establishing an image for themselves that they want. It’s like people who do charity work just to bring it up in conversations to elevate themselves.

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  • Suriya Baloch
    May 24, 2012 - 11:04PM

    @Pinto if they gave awards for good things from this region then you would cry foul. This saying …you can please some of the people some of the time but you can never please all the people all the tim!. applies to all the constant critics like you.

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