Pakistani documentary scores big at Delhi Film Festival

Published: October 23, 2013
 The 16-minute documentary highlights the reasons behind honour killings in Pakistan. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

The 16-minute documentary highlights the reasons behind honour killings in Pakistan. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Pakistani film projects seems to be on a roll this fall – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Saving Face has won at the Emmys, Zinda Bhaag got submitted for Oscar consideration, Waar broke all records on the local box office and if that wasn’t enough, now Aisha Gazdar’s short documentary won the jury’s award for the Best Documentary at the second Delhi Shorts International Film Festival!

Apart from her project The Honour Deception, 80 other films from around the world were showcased at the festival, held on October 12

The 16-minute documentary that has been made in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan highlights the laws of Qisas and Diyat (retribution and blood money), which are the core reasons behind honour killings.

She earlier told The Express Tribune, “I feel honoured that this film is being screened, amongst a host of others.”

Gazdar’s previous documentary called The Silent Voices, which focused on home-based women workers, won the Best Film award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival.

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  • Oct 23, 2013 - 7:12PM

    It is great to see Pakistani cinema making a comeback. Pakistan has too much talent to not succeed in the world of cinema.

    Ali Khan


  • FAZ
    Oct 23, 2013 - 8:13PM

    Sharmeen Obaid should do a documentary on Lashkare Taibba or jamatud dawa. It will break records of any short/long documentary in India


  • Singh
    Oct 23, 2013 - 8:14PM



  • Hafiz
    Oct 23, 2013 - 8:26PM

    again pakistanis in india???pakistanis plz don’t enter into india. we hate you too much.


  • Mr. Singh
    Oct 23, 2013 - 10:20PM

    @Hafiz: Hafiz bhaisaab don’t be so rude. It’s not the people who create animosity but Pak Army and its strategic assets which has created such animosity. Good people so Pak should always be welcomed.


  • WhataDbag
    Oct 23, 2013 - 10:34PM

    Well we don’t hate you! Because we are not haters.


  • Shehzad
    Oct 23, 2013 - 11:28PM

    @Mr. Singh:
    And what about Indian army and its strategic assets? Remember 1984!


  • Javed
    Oct 23, 2013 - 11:37PM

    Whats the point of submitting movies to the ‘Slum Film Festival’ which nobody knows?


  • lol
    Oct 24, 2013 - 12:07AM

    @Javed: looks whose saying … some one from a nation whose 40% urban population lives in slums….. cool…. its amazing that whatever u say ultimately backfires at u… :) btw honour killings in pakistan is a deep routed norm…. it can never go…..reminds of some rural north india too….punjab ,haryana,UP,rajasthan…..sometimes bihar, MP too…


  • Vikram
    Oct 24, 2013 - 1:23AM

    Documentary highlights the laws of Qisas and Diyat (retribution and blood money)……….I guess this short film spreads message of keeping honor in Islam……relatives can kill a girl for having an affair, then parents of the girl can forgive the killers. Do people kill their sons for “honor” too when they do it out of marriage? Is there no honor gene on the Y Chromosome?


  • 1984
    Oct 24, 2013 - 1:56AM

    Why to have a documentary when there are so many news channels praising the “peace” efforts taken by Hafiz Saeed and his followers???


  • Hafiz
    Oct 24, 2013 - 5:26AM

    its not saying your heart, you just write the sentence,I hate again because I don’t like your double standards.


  • Hassena Haider
    Oct 28, 2013 - 7:32AM

    Aisha Gazdar’s like Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will come under fire and be called vicious names because the men & some women in our society scream obscenities at these talented women who want our society ill spotlighted worked on and ended.
    Till these archaic practices are abolished and women trended with dignity documentaries…films and whatever medium available should be used to spotlight the issues.


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