Archive for February, 2015

The Petman Girls: A Film by Taqi Shaheen

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 | 7:00 pm

The Petman Girls features the lives of Pakistani women who were painted more than forty years ago, by the artist Hal Bevan Petman (1894 -1980). Through these elegant and charming ladies, the documentary acts as an open exploration of the artist behind the paintings and what it was like to be painted during those times in Pakistan.

The Petman Girls

Running Time: 35 minutes
Director: Taqi Shaheen
Research: Romano Karim Yousuf
Language: English and Urdu (with English subtitles)

About the Filmmaker

Taqi Shaheen is a filmmaker and visual artist. His work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions to fashion witty and curious observations of contemporary South Asian culture and its urban landscapes.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Taqi Shaheen and Romano Karim Yousuf.

Date: Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Mee Raqsam: Qavvaali featuring Hamza Akram & Brothers

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Friday, 20th February 2015 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for Mee Raqsam, featuring the youngest group of the legendary “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi.

The next generation of qavvaals, Hamza Akram and Brothers, belong to the 805 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and are the grandsons of the inimitable Munshi Raziuddin. The group is led by Hamza Akram, who is currently being trained in eastern classical music by Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, and in Qavvaali by Ustaad Fareed Ayaz.

Hamza Akram

Date: Friday, 20th February 2015
Time: 7:30 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.

The Karachi “Situation”: Exploring Responses

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Friday, 13th February 2015 | 7:00 pm

Karachi is Pakistan’s largest, ethnically diverse city. It is a dynamic industrial hub, contributing more than 25 percent of the GDP to the national economy. Its position as a commercial centre of Pakistan allows it to offer opportunities that attract a huge population influx from different parts of the country, searching, ironically, for security as much as for livelihood. However, it also stands out as one of the most violent cities in the world, serving as a base for violence and terrorist acts driven by political, sectarian, religious and ethnic agendas. The intense battle for land and property, with the emergence of new political and economic actors, adds another dimension to the state of insecurity that Karachi’s citizens are made to suffer.


For those of us living in Karachi, it is a city with extreme limitations and limitless prospects. Its crumbling infrastructure, absence of an effective inter-city transportation system, breakdown of law and order, and the connivance of the political, military and bureaucratic elite to exploit the city’s vulnerabilities is responded to by Karachi’s ethnic diversity, livelihood opportunities, cultural vibrancy and the resilience of its citizens to go on. As more stakeholders emerge to claim a share in the city’s expanding political and economic landscape, the spate of violence is likely to continue.

Karachi’s volatility and instability affects the local population indiscriminately. However, there has been limited activism on the part of the citizens to influence change. This could be attributed to polarisation, the city’s development divide, and inequality in terms of access to social and economic opportunities. Despite its metropolitan character, it appears the city can never break free from the class divide to become a melting pot akin to major urban centres of the world.

Join us for a panel discussion at T2F to explore opportunities for responding to Karachi’s structural decline and the never-ending stream of violence. The discussion seeks to emphasise the potential and power of a citizen-driven response to Karachi’s challenges whether they are administrative in nature or have a political and social background. This is also in continuation of recent efforts to engage stakeholders, especially the youth, for a better Karachi.

The panel discussion will be led by Arif Hasan, Architect, Urban Planner and Founder Chairman of Urban Resource Centre; Karamat Ali, Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research; Sabeen Mahmud, Founder of T2F and youth activists from different parts of Karachi. The session will be interaction-based encouraging a dialogue on the subject.

Date: Friday, 13th February 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

The Battle of Algiers: Film Screening and Conversation with Geoff Brown

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Wednesday, 11th February 2015 | 6:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of “The Battle of Algiers”, followed by a conversation with Geoff Brown, a Manchester-based anti-war and anti-racist activist currently visiting Pakistan.

The attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015 in Paris, France is seen either from the prism of the so-called free world’s uncompromising stand on freedom of expression, or the rising tide of Islamophobia that finds its justification in successive acts of terrorism across the world.

Another way to look at recent events is from the prism of France’s inability to distance itself from its colonial past. The Charlie Hebdo attackers and the policeman who was killed, were French-born, ethnic Algerians. Algerian-origin Muslims form 80 percent of approximately six million Muslims in France. The Algerian-French hostility is rooted in the history of the Algerian anti-colonial struggle through which the French state committed mass atrocities against Algerians including use of violence, extrajudicial killings, and the murder of hundreds of Algerian protestors in Paris. Algerian citizens still struggle for equal citizenship in France, facing acute discrimination and denial of basic human rights.

It would perhaps be apt to employ this context to understand and explain the Charlie Hebdo attack as well as the emerging resistance against new forms of oppression. “The Battle of Algiers”, one of the most influential political films in history, takes this context forward.

Battle of Algiers

Made shortly after winning independence, “The Battle of Algiers” tells the story of a key moment in the Algerian struggle. It is shot in black and white, as if it was live news coverage with the leader of the resistance in the Casbah, the old quarter of Algiers, Saadi Yasif, playing himself. After the victory in 1962, he argued that the struggle did not belong to the people of Algiers but to the oppressed and exploited of the world. As we struggle against new forms of tyranny, the story of the Algerian liberation struggle and, in particular, the Battle of Algiers holds vital lessons on how we can win.

The film is directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, a French national who joined the Communist Party to fight in the resistance to the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, but left in 1956 in protest at the Russian invasion of Hungary in 1956. The film was nominated for three Oscars and has won ten awards including three at the Venice Film Festival in 1966. Banned in France until 1971, it was first released in Italy.

About Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown is a former secretary of the Manchester Trade Unions Council and works with workers groups on mobilizing, campaigning, training and workers negotiation, in the UK as well as in other European countries. He visits Pakistan every year to work with the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research on organizing and capacity building of local workers.

Date: Wednesday, 11th February 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.