Archive for May, 2010

Reclaiming Lollywood, One Screening at a Time

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Tuesday, 8th June 2010 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of screenings and conversation on film with Ahmer Naqvi

A year ago, Ahmer Naqvi decided to leave the megalomaniac world of the Pakistani media, determined to find something better to say, using another medium – film. For the past year, he has been making short films as a Masters student. He now comes to T2F to talk about his own work, its relationship to Pakistan as well as the state of cinema within the country. He also brings with him vague pretensions of beginning a movement of young Pakistani artists – sick of obsessing about the country’s politics and its image abroad – but eager to explore the dramatic, breathless reality which is life in Pakistan. Join us for a screening of Ahmer’s works accompanied by a wide ranging discussion on everything from Maula Jutt to Jean-Luc Godard, and whatever comes in between.

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Date: Tuesday, 8th June, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


An Evening of Readings and Storytelling with Zeerak Raziuddin

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Friday, 4th June 2010 | 6:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and recollections featuring Zeerak Raziuddin, one of the first women in Karachi to drive a car and run a business

#alttext#Zeerak Raziuddin is the daughter of the fabled Dr. Ashraf ul Haq of Hyderabad and the niece of Shahid Ahmed Dehlvi. Born and educated in Hyderabad Deccan, she hailed from the literary family of ‘Deputy’ Nazir Ahmed and played in the lap of Josh Malihabadi as a child. Zeerak Raziuddin embarked upon a new phase in her life after she came to Karachi. She was one of the first women to drive a car, open a boutique, run a business, and make a film.

Endowed with a wonderful memory, Zeerak Raziuddin has documented her life’s experiences in a recently published memoir, “Mujhay Sab Hai Yaad Zara Zara”. Writing for the Daily Dawn, Intizar Hussain says: “What distinguishes this autobiography from other such writings is the simple and unaffected manner in which a cultured woman has given an account of her life. She has no pretensions and no complaints to make. She is perfectly satisfied with the way she has spent her years and narrates those years with great ease.”

Date: Friday, 4th June, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


An Evening with Shrabani Basu, Author of Victoria & Abdul

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Thursday, 27th May 2010 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an Evening with Shrabani Basu, Author of Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant

#alttext#The tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself. Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure, becoming the queen’s teacher or Munshi, and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish ghillie, the queen had at last found his replacement. But her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near revolt in the royal household.

Victoria & Abdul examines how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the empire, and his influence over the queen at a time when independence movements in the sub-continent were growing in force. Yet at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen, a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.

#alttext#Shrabani Basu was born in Calcutta and grew up in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi. She moved to London in 1987, since when she has been the correspondent of the Calcutta-based newspapers Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Telegraph. She is the author of Curry: the Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish, and the critically acclaimed biography Spy Princess: the Life of Noor Inayat Khan.


This event is brought to you by Oxford University Press. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm and the event will begin at 6:30 pm.


Date: Thursday, 27th May, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


“Aurat”

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of paintings by Samina Raza
Opening Date: Friday, 14 May 2010 | 6:00 pm

AuratSamina Raza started drawing when she was 9 years old. She drew on everything she could get her hands on, from cardboard boxes to her school uniforms and frocks. Her first watercolor painting was a beaver which was displayed in an art exhibition at the Convent of Jesus & Mary in Murree. Samina is incredibly inquisitive … light, movement, and the unusual in nature urge her to explore and express herself. Samina paints women because she believes women have multiple dimensions. She says, “for me to draw and paint women is to explore their strengths, creatively”.

Samina loves laughing, dancing, and asking questions!

“Samina Raza is an exceptionally skilled artist. Her paintings, mostly water colour and mixed media represent life, dreams, stories, fantasies and realities. The colours are extremely fresh and almost alive, the drawings so detailed and resolved. Samina’s work truly represents her great history and her eclectic choices”. The News


Opening Date and Time: Friday, 14th May, 2010 | 6:00 pm
Closing Date: Monday, 31st May, 2010
Gallery Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm – Daily
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F | Faraar
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Why Social Investing? The Business of Social Good

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Monday, 10th May 2010 | 7:00 pm

Dr. Mohammad Yunus coined the expression ‘social business’ as a cause driven business that is, at its core, driven by a social mission yet at the same time, has the ability to be financially sustainable with a long term impact.

Have you ever thought about what makes a social enterprise viable in the long term and how to balance that elusive double bottom line?

acumenfund.jpgJoin Acumen Fund for a conversation on ‘social investing’ and why balancing financial returns with social returns results in more sustainable impact. Also hear from Acumen’s current class of Fellows, Sarah Dimson and Muhammad Zahoor, who are working with social enterprises in Pakistan.

Acumen Fund is a non-profit global investment fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to address the problems of global poverty. We seek to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with large doses of business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of the poor. Our investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services – like health, water, housing, agriculture and energy – at affordable prices to low-income customers in India, Pakistan, and East Africa.

Date: Monday, 10th May, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


An Evening of Mystical Poetry featuring Mahmood Jamal and Fahmida Riaz

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Friday, 7th May 2010 | 6:30 pm

Join us at T2F this Friday for an evening of poetry readings and conversation with Mahmood Jamal and Fahmida Riaz.

sufiverse.jpgBorn in Lucknow, India in 1948, Mahmood Jamal came to Britain from Pakistan in 1967. A progressive poet, film-maker and translator, his works have been published in the London Magazine and broadcast on BBC Radio. He has performed at leading poetry venues in London and around the UK and has several volumes of poetry to his name, including Silence Inside a Gun’s Mouth and Sugar-Coated Pill. He also edited the Penguin Book of Modern Urdu Poetry and his latest collection, Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi, was published in 2009.

Fahmida Riaz, born in Meerut, India in 1946, is a celebrated Pakistani writer, poet, and feminist. Her first poem was published when she was just 15 and her first collection of poetry appeared when she was 22. She is the author of several works, including Pathar ki Zaban, Khatt-e Marmuz, Karachi, Gulabi Kabootar, and Yeh Khana-e-aab-o-gil – the first translation of the Masnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi into Urdu. Her work is remarkable for its emotionally charged references to social and political injustice. She has been a prominent voice in the feminist struggle in Pakistan, where her poems both directly and insidiously erode at the foundations of male dominance. She has also published several gender equal stories, feminist translations, and some deconstruction of the criticism of feminist work.

Date: Friday, 7th May, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Getting Your Message Out – A Talk by Marguerite Sullivan

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Join us at T2F for a talk on communication strategies and building effective messaging into your business or non-profit organization.

Thursday, 6th May 2010 | 6:30 pm

msullivan.jpgMarguerite H. Sullivan is director of the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has had extensive experience as a journalist and a communications practitioner both in the U.S. and overseas. She has done extensive communications training worldwide and wrote “A Responsible Press Office: An Insider’s Guide,” an award-winning book that has been translated into more than two dozen languages. Previously she was executive director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Ms. Sullivan began her professional career as a journalist, working for newspapers in Boston and California before moving to Washington, D.C., where she was a reporter and columnist for Copley News Service and newspapers. She also was executive editor of “The Washington Woman” magazine and served as president of the Washington Press Club. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including “The Washington Post,” the “Boston Globe”, and “Washingtonian” magazine among others. She has worked in the White House, a federal agency and as a cabinet member for a U.S. governor. Ms. Sullivan was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, has served and chaired several committees affiliated with Stanford University, and serves as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. She holds a bachelors degree in history and a masters degree in journalism from Stanford University.

Date: Thursday, 6th May, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.