Pakistani students win international award for film on drones

The Other Side made by Iqra University students won Best Audience Award at National Film Festival For Talented Youth.


Web Desk May 11, 2012

A short film on US drone attacks in Pakistan made by Iqra University students won an international award this week, said a press release.

The film The Other Side was awarded with Best Audience Award at National Film Festival For Talented Youth, Washington. The short film is written and directed by Danish Qasim along with five other team members.

The 20-minute film revolves around the idea of assessing social, psychological and economical affects of drones on the people in tribal areas of Pakistan.

The film identifies the problems faced by families who have become victims of drone missiles, and it unearths the line of action which terrorist groups adopt to use victimised families for their vested interests.

Despite being chosen for the award, the filmmakers were unable to attend the award ceremony as their visa applications were rejected twice.

“If we got the visa then it would have been easy for us to frame our point of view in front of the other selected youth filmmakers,” Qasim said.

“The film gained interest from the audience across the globe compelling festival administrators to give Audience Award to the film,” he added.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly named the director of the film as Danish Ali. This has been corrected.

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COMMENTS (42)

Izza Khalid | 9 years ago | Reply

Congratulations! We need more hard working people like this, who're willing to place importance to such horrifying problems! Kudos!

Macroman | 9 years ago | Reply

"The 20-minute film revolves around the idea of assessing social, psychological and economical affects of drones on the people in tribal areas of Pakistan." You mean economic, not economical. The words have different meanings.

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