Pakistani filmmaker won big at international short film festival

Flying in Darkness is about the story of the Hazara girl Najeeba. A young girl but the eldest in the family has to run the fruit vendor.

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Safar Ali Danish, a Pakistani filmmaker from Quetta won at the international short film festival. His short film ‘Parwaz Dar Shab’ (Flying in Darkness) won the best short film international at the 8th“Shahr International film festival Iran”. His film won against 1050 submissions from 90 countries.

Flying in Darkness is about the story of the Hazara girl Najeeba. A young girl but the eldest in the family has to run the fruit vendor following the martyrdom of her father in a bomb blast in Quetta’s Hazar Ganji area. In a male-dominated society, she faces some harsh realities of life that make her take some tough decisions.

Safar Ali Danish graduated from the Iqra University Karachi with Film and Arts major. He has produced, directed, written, and edited many documentaries and short films. He has also won 9 international awards in various countries. His film ‘Udaan Sitaron Ki’ has won seven national awards. His documentary film “A Journey Through Perseverance” has won 1st prize at the Green belief film festival by Pakistan Television (Home).

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On the other hand, the docu-series of Pakistani-American filmmaker Ali Naqvi on 9/11 has landed an Emmy nomination. The series is titled, Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror. Naqvi was the co-executive producer of the Netflix series. It has been nominated in the “Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary” category.

He announced the selection of the movie on his official social media account. The five-part series covers the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Al-Qaeda’s roots, and America’s response. The series was released on September 1, 2021, and includes interviews with White House officials, military leaders, journalists, and even former Taliban leaders having some shocking claims and revelations.The winner will be announced on 29th September.

Pakistani social media users have congratulated both the filmmakers on their achievements.


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