Short film ‘Blue: A Kaleidoscope’ reflects the terrors of a rape survivor

The nine minute film is directed by Daniyal K Afzal and is based on a real life event

Our Correspondent September 28, 2020

Traumatised, sickened, betrayed, threatened, and most importantly alone – these are just a few among the myriad of feelings a rape survivor juggles with in a country like Pakistan, states a press release.

Based on a real life event, a recent Pakistani-American short film, Blue: A kaleidoscope by Danial K. Afzal, reflects upon the chilling tale of a rape survivor.

The nine minute short film, which was initially delayed because of the lockdown, is now available for viewing on Instagram. The release comes after the Lahore-Sialkot motorway incident and the murder of a six-year-old in Karachi’s PIB Colony.

“Earlier, the murder of Zainab Ansari brought Pakistan out on the streets. The chants of ‘Rape’ ‘Bachi’ (adolescent girl) ‘Ziyadti’ (abuse) became so triggering that people felt their children weren’t safe anymore,” said Afzal.

“My question from the get go was ‘why now?’ This has been going on in Pakistan for a long time and Kasur was always infamous for such incidents. That being said, this film is dedicated to all those women who’ve been judged and hushed for being victims of rape,” the director added.

Blue reflects upon the struggles of a rape survivor, who suffered the abuse at the meager age of 10, and was filmed during the act. The recording was then made available for everyone else to see.


𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝙾𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚂𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚢 @olomopolo 𝚊𝚝 @wow.pakistan 𝚙𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 @britishcouncilpakistan 𝐁𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 @bbcurdu 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚋𝚢 @amberrshamsi "𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚊 𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙿𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗" #filmfestival #film #movies #filmfestivals #shortfilm #filmfestival2016 #filmfestival2017 #filmfestivalcannes #filmfestivali #cinema #filmfestival2018 #filmfestivallocarno #filmfestival2015 #director #cannes #filmmaking #filmmaker #filmfestivallife #مشاهير_مصر #movie #مشاهير_العرب #فنانات_العرب #فنانات_مصر #actresses #moviefestival #جميلات_مصر #indiefilm #internationalfilmfestival #actor #celebrties

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The film was recommended by the programmer at the Oscar-Qualifying Tribecca and was screened at the 25th IFVA and WOW British Council.


𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚗 𝐎𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫-𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝙵𝚒𝚕𝚖 𝙵𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚕 [𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚] 𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚖 [𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞] @tribeca 🙌🍻 - 𝙽𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝐔𝐍𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐁𝐋𝐄 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕𝚣𝚣𝚣 🙏 #oscars #oscar #oscarwilde #actor #oscarwinner #oscars2016 #oscar2017 #hollywood #oscar2016 #redcarpet #oscarisaac #art #instagood #oscarniemeyer #oscarselfie #oscarthegrouch #oscardelarenta #oscardleon #actors #legend #love #oscarin #oscarito #oscarasdomomento #theoscars #oscaras #theacademyawards #oscarfreire #óscar #starwarsedits

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Produced by a Chicago based company , Arash visual Inc, it is inspired by a BBC news report by Amber Shamsi, titled, How rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan. It attempts at compelling the audience to experience the pain of a survivor, and there’s no denying the feeling is far from just blue.

Afzal, a graduate of Lewis & Clark, has depicted how the world around this rape survivor reacts. With lack of support and negligible room to breathe and vent, within nine minutes, the director manages to portray how it is the aftermath that drives the already traumatised survivor, insane.

Watch the film here:


#SAYNOTORAPE #saynotosexualabuse 𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐆𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆: 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚖 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚟𝚘𝚛𝚜. 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬 “𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐫*** 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝. 𝐒𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞!” 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐦 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚'𝐬 𝟏𝟎-𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫-𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐠𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐥. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝟗-𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦: 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚊𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 @bbcurdu 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚋𝚢 𝙰𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚖𝚜𝚒, "𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐫*** 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧" 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚖 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚝 @tribeca 𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚊𝚝 @ifva_hk 𝚊𝚗𝚍 @wow.pakistan

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