Archive for October, 2010

Sasti Masti – A Short Film by Ahmer Naqvi

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Sunday 7th Nov 2010 | 7:00 pm

Think Lollywood. Think Zeba. Think Sultan Rahi. Think Waheed Murad.

Think Romance. Think Action. Think Drama and Suspense.

Think new. Think old.

Think the greatest short film you’ll ever see.

Think Sasti Masti.

Ahmer Naqvi is based out of London and will join us via Skype for a discussion after the screening.

Sasti Masti

Date: Sunday, 7th November 2010
Time: 7:00 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.


Land Reform and Debt Cancellation: A Post Flood Discussion

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Friday 29th Oct 2010 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a discussion and teach-in session on the dire situation affecting millions, post the catastrophic 2010 floods. The discussion will focus on Pakistan’s external debt, development expenditure, rehabilitation of the flood victims and land reform.

The recent floods have exposed how vulnerable the poor rural population of Pakistan is to natural catastrophes. Having lost their homes, animals and crops in the floods and now landless and in debt, people in many parts of the country continue to suffer from the inherent inequalities and inefficiencies of an unjust system.

Land Reform and Debt Cancellation

Critical Questions

  • How has the current power structure allowed the government to incur heavy amounts of debt without any results?
  • How has monopolistic land ownership in Pakistan impeded our social, economic and political development?
  • Why is it that after incurring over $50 billion of debt, the social infrastructure of this country is in a degenerate state?
  • How much of the Government’s debt has been invested back into development and skill training for the people?
  • What is the Government’s rehabilitation plan for the flood victims? What should be the land reform attached?
  • How can one man own 100,000 acres and others be condemned to landlessness, poverty and debt?

We will have a facilitated discussion with participants after presentations on debt cancellation and land reform.

This event is brought to you by the Sindh Labour Relief Committee

Date: Friday 29th October 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 Sufiyana Kalaam

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Join us at T2F for an evening of Sufiyana Kalaam featuring Delhi-based vocalist, Arman Ali Reza

Sunday 24th Oct 2010 | 7:00 pm

Arman Ali17 year old Arman Ali Reza lives in Delhi with his mother, Sadia Dehlvi, an acclaimed activist, writer, and columnist. Arman has been interested in vocal and instrumental music since the age of 4. He plays the tabla, guitar and various other instruments under the tutelage of Tabla Nawaz Ustad Mohammad Irfan (Ajrara Gharana) and Ustad Mustafa Hussain (Dilli Gharana). Arman has given a number of solo performances of his favorite Sufiana renditions and has also performed at the mega “Jahan-e-Khusrau” event at Emperor Humayun’s Tomb.

Arman is visiting from Delhi and we are very excited to host him at T2F. He will be accompanied on tabla by Yousuf Kerai.

Yousuf Kerai was introduced to Indian classical music at the age of eight and learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. His interest in the tabla grew into an obsession and when he was sixteen, he was accepted as a student of the tabla maestro, Ustad Khurshid Hussain of Karachi. Yousuf teaches tabla at T2F and is currently rehearsing for “Tarteeb – A Musical Expedition”, scheduled for November 2010.

Dates: Sunday 24th October 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Objectified: A Film by Gary Hustwit

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a screening of the film, “Objectified”, by Gary Hustwit, creator of the cult film “Helvetica”

Friday 22nd Oct 2010 | 7:00 pm

ObjectifiedObjectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

The film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

About Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London. He has produced six feature documentaries, including I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, the award-winning film about the band Wilco; Moog, the documentary about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog; and Drive Well, Sleep Carefully, a tour film about the band Death Cab for Cutie. Hustwit worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was Vice President of the media website Salon.com in 2000, and started the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001.

In 2007 Hustwit made his directorial debut with Helvetica, a documentary about graphic design and typography. Helvetica had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2007, and has since screened in over 200 cities worldwide. It had its television premiere in the UK on BBC1, and was broadcast in the United States on PBS in January 2009. Hustwit was nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit “Truer Than Fiction” Award for Helvetica.

Date: Friday 22nd October 2010
Time: 7:00 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.


[CANCELLED] Women & Democracy: Readings and Conversation with Isobel Coleman

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

We regret that this event has been cancelled. Isobel Coleman is not available owing to unavoidable circumstances. We’re really sorry about this 🙁


Thursday, 14th October 2010 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Isobel Coleman, author of “Paradise Beneath Her Feet”

Isobel ColemanOver the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men are fighting back with progressive interpretations of Islam to support women’s rights in a growing movement of Islamic feminism.

In this timely book, Coleman journeys through the Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to reveal how activists are working within the tenets of Islam to create economic, political, and educational opportunities for women. Coleman argues that these efforts are critical to bridging the conflict between those championing reform and those seeking to oppress women in the name of religious tradition.


Paradise Beneath Her Feet will be available for purchase at T2F’s Bookshop


About the Author

Isobel Coleman is Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. She is also the director of the Council’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include democratization, civil society and economic development, regional gender issues, educational reform, and microfinance. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications, including Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010), Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President, and Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security. Her writings have also appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post. She is a frequent speaker at academic, business, and policy conferences. In 2010, she is also serving as a track leader for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Prior to joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Coleman was CEO of a healthcare services company and a partner with McKinsey & Co. in New York. A Marshall Scholar, she holds a DPhil and MPhil in international relations from Oxford University and a BA in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Plan USA and Student Sponsor Partners.

Date: Thursday, 14th October, 2010
Time: 7:00 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.


Classical Piano Recitals Throughout October

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Join us at T2F for a series of piano recitals by the talented Usman Anees
Saturday 9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23 Oct, 30th Oct 2010 | 7:00 pm


Download ProgrammeUsman Anees started taking piano lessons at the age of 8 from his father. Three years later he was able to sight-read well and prepare concert work independently. He practices 5-6 hours each day and has a repertoire of over 200 classical works ranging from Baroque to Modernism. Usman has also written a dozen compositions, including 3 piano sonatas and a piano concerto. His piano and violin composition, “Lonely Reflections”, recently premiered at NAPA, performed by Usman in collaboration with American violinist, William Harvey.

Currently, Usman is experimenting with music composition and is incorporating eastern raags into his work, whilst maintaining the Western technique of harmonies. He is also arranging popular film music into the pianistic idiom. Usman performs in Karachi and Lahore and has even performed at a concert in Berlin.

Passionate about visual arts since he was a child, Usman has taught himself how to paint and sculpt by studying the works of the grand masters. He is currently working on a series of paintings.

Dates: Saturday 9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23 Oct, 30th Oct 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 500 (all proceeds go to the artiste)
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.