Documentary on Pakistani scientist Abdus Salam makes it to Netflix

Published: September 18, 2019
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Pakistani Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistani Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam. PHOTO: REUTERS

In late May this year, the makers of Salam – a documentary on Pakistan’s first ever Nobel Prize Winner Dr Abdus Salam – revealed that the film will soon be available to a streaming platform.

Now, it has been confirmed that the documentary will now release on Netflix on October 1st.

Salam looks poised to rehabilitate the scientist in public memory. A riveting trailer of the film devotes much attention to how the nobel laureate’s Ahmadiyya faith continues to polarise public discourse.

“This is the scientific age. No one can escape it. No one in the East can. No one in the West can,” Salam is heard stating emphatically in the teaser of the documentary.

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The trailer also contains footage of Salam receiving the Nobel Prize. Salam is seen posing alongside Gustav of Sweden in 1979 and meeting the Pope.

Calling his achievement ‘nothing exceptional’, a cleric proceeds to use the derogatory term Qadiani. “This Nobel Prize awarded to Abdus Salam Qadiani is nothing exceptional, nor it is an extraordinary accomplishment in human history,” he says. “The day you declared me a non-Muslim, is the day you made me a second class citizen,” Salam is heard remarking thereafter.

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The trailer then proceeds to document the relentless persecution Ahmadis grapple with in Pakistan. A narrator then eulogises Salam saying, “He was always appreciated by the western world. He was different, he looked different.”

Last year, Salam won Best Documentary Feature in South Asian Film Festival of Montreal.

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