Archive for December, 2014

In Search Of Meluhha: The Story of Mohenjodaro

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Saturday, 20th December 2014 | 6:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of the film, ‘In Search of Meluhha’, the untold story of the Indus Valley Civilization as seen through the eyes of its inheritors.

In Search of Meluhha frames the Indus Valley civilization within the current context of South Asia. New research has shown that the Indus civilization existed at a ‘Goldilocks moment’. With the thawing of tensions between India and Pakistan, the film presents a view of pre-history irrespective of nationalist or religious identities. In Search of Meluhha is narrated by Akbar Kurtha, a British-Indian actor whose credentials include Syrianna (2005) and My Son the Fanatic (1997). The documentary has screened at the Jaipur Film Festival in India, the Archaeological Film Festival in Oregon and the Indus Day Festival in San Francisco.

The screening will be followed by a Q/A session with the filmmakers.

In Search of Meluhha

“A captivating approach to ancient Indus culture through the lives of the people who still live in its rich shadows. Something only an original documentary film in the hands of an artist can do.”Omar Khan, Scholar and Founder of harappa.com

Date: Saturday, 20th December, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 250
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Hacks/Hackers Pakistan Meetup: Using Data for the People

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

POSTPONED IN SOLIDARITY WITH PESHAWAR

Friday, 19th December 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the inaugural event of Hacks/Hackers Pakistan, a community of technologists, social scientists, designers and journalists learning and collaborating with each other to create data-driven tools and media for Pakistan.

Ali Inam, Director of the Technology for the People Initiative (TPI) at LUMS will present TPI’s work using technology and data for evidence based policy making and civic interventions.

Registration Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13XCEppT9jX4Nqd3kfoEN7Y_DSy-7BWepDyGi9xgKvoM/viewform

The data deluge of the 21st century presents opportunities to inform, and thus empower, the public in ways not possible before. For instance, broad patterns hidden within the noise can be mined using big data analytics and daily developments can be zoomed out to view the bigger picture using data visualizations. By fostering a culture of data and evidence in the public discourse, TPI aims to solve a much bigger problem confronting Pakistan. Today, the most important national issues remain elusive to the common man and consequently the debates around them are riled with confusion and contradictions. Using data and technology, TPI seeks to empower the common man by making these issues more accessible and thus increase public engagement in the political discourse.

Hh pakistanlogoHacks/Hackers Pakistan meets once a month at T2F where we network and learn to create data-driven projects, tools and media. h/hPakistan meet-ups are a combination of talks, trainings, demos and hackathons. If you are a journalist, designer, developer, social scientist who wants to learn data management and visualization skills or to find a partner to work with on a data driven tool or visualization, then this is for you.

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Hacks/Hackers Pakistan is part of the global Hacks/Hackers network, “a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with dozens of chapters (and counting) and thousands of members across four continents. Hacks/Hackers’ mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.”


Book Launch: An Isolated Incident by Soniah Kamal

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Wednesday, 17th December 2014 | 7:00 pm

An Isolated IncidentSoniah Kamal, a Pakistani-American author will be joining us for chai and conversation, followed by a reading from her book, ‘An Isolated Incident’.

Zari Zoon, a vivacious girl from Kashmir, is looking forward to marrying her fiancé when tragedy strikes. Next thing she knows, she is on a plane to America to stay with distant relatives who have offered to give her a temporary home to help her stitch back the tatters of her life. Billy Nabi, fiercely tender-hearted, longs to help Zari but the choices he makes will jeopardise them all.

An Isolated Incident is a story of haunting memories and yearnings of a home lost, of a faith continuously tested and questioned, and of a love that blossoms against all odds.

Date: Wednesday, 17th December, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


Zambeel Dramatic Readings presents Two Short Stories by Asad Muhammad Khan

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Saturday, 6th December 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of dramatic readings featuring ‘Ek Meethay Din ka Antt’ and ‘Naseeboan Waalian’, two short stories by Asad Muhammad Khan.

Popularly known for his stories ‘Basauday ki Mariam’ and ‘Mai Dada’, Asad Muhammad Khan’s powerful narratives exemplify his command over storytelling in their diversity and vivid detail. Throughout his prolific career that began in 1982, Khan wrote a varied range of stories that are described to be as relevant and contemporary today as they were when they were first published. (1)

Ek Meethay Din ka Antt and Naseeboan Waalian are both set in the red light area of Karachi in the sixties and demonstrate the author’s ability to create vibrant and vivid characters with panache. Offering a colourful blend of language and dialect that represents the true heart of a multicultural Karachi, the stories are centered around characters that are at the end of the day, at the mercy of Time; the most dominant character of all narratives.

Performers: Saife Hasan, Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala, Meesam Naqvi
Sound Cues: Haajra Haider
Sound Design and Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Poster Design: Naheed Yahya
Vocals: Ayesha Nadir Ali

Zambeel Dramatic Readings is very grateful to Naila Mahmood for her help towards the vocal recording and to Ayesha Nadir Ali for her vocal rendition in the story Ek Meethay Din ka Antt.

Zambeel Dramatic Readings: Intekhab

Date: Saturday, 6th December, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

(1) Asif Farrukhi, “Review: Ghussay Ki Nai Fasal by Asad Muhammad Khan”, http://www.dawn.com/news/1085499