Archive for February, 2014

Visual Storytelling: Photography Workshop with Danial Shah

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Free Orientation: 1st March, 2014 | 6:00 pm
Indoor Sessions: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March 2014 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Field Trip: 23rd March 2014
Age: 15 years and above
Equipment: Camera (DSLR or Point & Shoot with manual controls)
Fee: Rs. 10,000

We are surrounded by stories and everyone wants to share theirs. From being asked how our day was, to the big events that shape our lives, our brains are wired to weave narratives. There are many ways to communicate but how do you tell a persuasive story with a point of view? Visual stories can transport us, not only to another place, but inside another person’s life. From capturing the joy of a newborn baby to the majesty of a mountain peak, learn to observe and train your eye to craft images that tell a compelling story.

Danial Shah Photography

The workshop will begin with a departure from the camera’s auto-mode and you will learn essential, technical details of how to control your camera. The four-day classroom sessions and a field trip will be a mix of theory, case-studies and discussions on the creative aspects of photography and visual story-telling. The
classes will combine technical and practical exercises and participants will use their cameras during the sessions as well as for homework assignments. The workshop will guide participants through understanding the basics of a camera as a tool to capture thought provoking images and using the eye and mind before making a photograph. Finally, participants will be able to study photographs, use a thought process, and combine visual elements to create meaningful images for effective storytelling through their camera.

Danial Shah Photography

About the Instructor

Danial Shah is an adventure seeker. He is an independent travel photographer and travel writer, wandering tirelessly through Pakistan for positive stories. As a storyteller, Danial is always on the move; working on commission, taking on challenging assignments, developing a portfolio of creative stock images, writing and training. He loves to travel to remote destinations, enjoys mountain climbing, trekking, and deep sea diving.

Danial Shah Photography
Photo Credit: Ameer Hamza

In 2010, Danial launched iExplorePakistan.com, the first travel blog of Pakistan. He traveled from the south to the north, capturing and documenting the diverse culture and landscape of the country. Based on his work, Danial was awarded Nishan-e-Azm (symbol of pride) and Travel Blogger of the year in 2011. His portfolio comprises documentary, travel, anthropology, landscape, culture, archeology and countless forms of natural beauty. Danial’s travel work is represented by Getty Images, and he contributes features to Dawn (Pakistan), Express Tribune Magazine (Pakistan), Herald (Pakistan), Himal SouthAsian (Nepal) and Trek&Mountain (UK).

Website: http://www.danialshah.com
Blog: http://www.iExplorePakistan.com
Twitter: @DanialShah_
Instagram: @DanialShah_
Email: danial@danialshah.com


Taming the Media Beast: State Regulation vs Self Regulation

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Thursday, 20th February 2014 | 7:00 pm

The Pakistani press prides itself on being one of the most free in the South Asian region and the Muslim world. Press freedom activists have successfully fought off draconian laws imposed by a series of undemocratic regimes. Television news channels have also made an effective case for self-regulation after the state’s quest for control in 2007 backfired. However, despite the fact that various codes of conduct have been drawn up, unethical practices continue to be the norm on TV.

Can private news channels be expected to self-regulate in an ethical, fair manner? Why has the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) failed miserably in the implementation of existing regulations? Should the state dictate what we watch?

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion with Owais Tohid (former Director News, Geo English, ARY and Dunya), Afia Salam (Media Researcher and Journalist), Raana Shaikh (former MD PTV), and Faisal Sherjan (Director, Strategy and Planning at Geo) who will discuss issues of censorship and regulation in the news media industry. The session will be hosted and moderated by Zarrar Khuhro (Editor, Dawn Magazine).

Mind Your Media

This event will be live tweeted by @MindYourMediaPK and live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thesecondfloor

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organisations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Thursday, 20th February, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Readings and Conversation with Saeed Naqvi

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Wednesday, 12th January 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Saeed Naqvi. The session will be hosted by fiction writer and critic, Asif Farrukhi.

Syed NaqviSaeed Naqvi was born in Karachi and grew up in Hyderabad. He completed his MBBS from Liaquat Medical College and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Mr. Naqvi has compiled three short story collections; Namabur, Doosra Rukh and Tuk Tuk Deedam. His first novel, “Girdab” will be released in February 2014. He edits a yearly anthology called “Nai Basti” and has translated works by Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Mitch Albom, and Antoine de Saint Exupéry into Urdu.

Date: Wednesday, 12th January, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Impact of Pakistan’s Military on Foreign Policy: A Presentation by Dr. Bilal Munshi

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Thursday, 6th February 2014 | 7:00 pm

The Pakistani Military serves as the primary institutional gatekeeper of state security, and consequently controls the policy process from conceptualization to implementation. Foreign policy is conceptualized and implemented through a securitized perceptual lens. This dynamic has affected Pakistan’s foreign/security policies in particular ways.

Join us at T2F for a presentation by Dr. Bilal Munshi as he highlights these dynamics and the consequent manner in which they affect Pakistan’s foreign policy output.

Artwork by KB Abro
Artwork: KB Abro

The presentation will focus on providing a detailed, critical analysis of the nature and scope of the Pakistani military’s dominance over the policy process as well as how it conceptualizes and implements prescriptive policy approaches. This institutional dominance manifests itself in ways which impact issues of public as well as foreign policy. The ensuing impact of these prescriptive approaches on Pakistan’s holistic security environment will also be examined.

Dr. Bilal MunshiDr. Bilal Munshi has a doctoral degree in Politics from Bristol University and has taught civilians as well as serving military officers at the National Defence University in Islamabad. He has expertise in international security dynamics and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi.

Date: Thursday, 6th February, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Mind Your Media Film Screening: Network

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, 5th February 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Sidney Lumet’s Network, a razor sharp satire of ‘trash TV’, that seems to grow more relevant with each passing year.

Network (1976) is director Sidney Lumet’s brilliant criticism of the hollow, lurid wasteland of television journalism where entertainment value and short-term ratings are more crucial than quality. Paddy Chayefsky’s black, prophetic, satirical commentary/criticism of corporate evil (in the tabloid-tainted television industry) is an insightful indictment of the rabid desire for ratings. Indignation toward the network executives by an unbalanced news-anchorman is manipulated by a ruthless VP programming boss for further ratings. One of the film’s posters correctly proclaimed: “Television will never be the same.”

Network

The film had a total of 10 Academy Award nominations with four wins. 5 cast members were nominated for Oscars and three won. Best Actor was posthumously awarded to Peter Finch, Best Actress was awarded to Faye Dunaway, and Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Beatrice Straight. Only A Streetcar Named Desire had as many Academy Awards for acting. The fourth win was for Chayefsky’s Best Screenplay.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Producers: Howard Gottfried, Fred C. Caruso
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
Narrator: Lee Richardson
Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall
Running Time: 121 minutes

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organisations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.