Documentary detailing life and works of Abdul Sattar Edhi wins French awards

Published: March 30, 2012
Abdul Sattar Edhi sitting outside his Kharadar office in Karachi. PHOTO: PUBLICITY/FILE

Abdul Sattar Edhi sitting outside his Kharadar office in Karachi. PHOTO: PUBLICITY/FILE

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

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Mar 30, 2012 - 9:19PM

    We love you Edhi Saheb. You are a BEACON for all Pakistanis. May you live long.


  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 30, 2012 - 9:38PM

    Noble Prize is what he deserves…
    Long Live Edhi..!!


  • Ali Quaid
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:06PM

    Superman who? Its Edhi-man!Recommend

  • aliza awais
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:21PM



  • Chenab
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:49PM

    He must win a Nobel Prize…


  • Ali-Wali
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:02PM

    Long live Edhi sahib, without your kingdom dead bodies would have rot on road side.Recommend

  • Haris Javed
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:03PM

    Great!! =)
    May Allah Swt give courage to Edhi sb and his wife to continue work for betterment of our society.. .


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:20PM

    Congratulations Edhi Sahib.

    Your good work will always be remembered in the entire world.

    We need more Edhi’s like you in Pakistan.

    May Al-Mighty Allah Bless You. Aameen.


  • Muhamed Khanzada
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:43PM

    This guy is angel, and we are proud we have been blesses with one.I wish we have few more to follow him from the corrupt regime.Allah should be always safe guard our Pakistan.


  • Lone Star
    Mar 31, 2012 - 12:30AM

    Great Job Edhi and foundation, he was also awarded a peace prize recently. Well done Mr. Edhi and all volunteers. See how humble this gentleman is.


  • Abbas
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Mr. Edhi is going out of his way to make the lives of frustrated individuals slightly liveable. Hopefully his efforts will get the recognition they deserve, even if not in this world.Recommend

  • hina
    Mar 31, 2012 - 10:30AM

    Sir Edhi has to be knighted by the queen for his services to humanity around the world and win the Nobel Peace Prize too. He is a tremendous example to the world of selfless dedication.


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 31, 2012 - 11:18AM

    Hope he wins the Noble Peace Prize. Such a humble man, so simple and soft spoken. Pakistan is blessed to have him.


  • Ali-Wali
    Mar 31, 2012 - 12:27PM

    Alas for JUI and Jamate Islami this guy is a spy.Recommend

  • changazebizenjo
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:42PM

    desperately waiting to watch the dvd


  • mrk
    Mar 31, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Who cares for the nobel prize – this man is one of the greatest social workers the world has produced – honor him and help him with his work. Winning the nobel would somehow equate him to others who win nobels every year – don’t measure the man by some yearly prize decided by a handfull jury mostly for predefined criteria.

    Why do we need others to tell us how good we are or how messed up we are? Don’t we have our own brains? Consult the FSc and for the more enlightened among us, our A-level books on how to value someone on one’s own.


  • MMQ
    Mar 31, 2012 - 4:02PM

    we are proud of you:)


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