Archive for July, 2016

Celebrating Abbas Kiarostami: Film Screening of ‘The Wind Will Carry Us’

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Tuesday, 26th July 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00PM

Join us at T2F as we celebrate the life and work of Abbass Kiarostami with a film screening of ‘The Wind Will Carry Us’ – one of Kiarostami’s characteristic films exploring the motifs of life and death, life’s little charms and the poetry of the landscape.

The screening will be followed by a film circle and a Q & A session with the audience.

“O you are green all over,
put your hands like a burning memory in my loving hands
and entrust your lips like a warm sense of life
to the caresses of loving lips
The wind will carry us away with it
The wind will carry us away.”

The title of the movie comes from a poem by the poet Forough Farrokhzad.

A work of transporting beauty, Kiarostami’s elliptical and wryly funny masterpiece follows a young intellectual from Tehran who arrives in a remote Kurdish village on an enigmatic mission. His mission is unstated, but it seems to centre on a dying old woman, and becomes increasingly desperate and opportunistic.

Built from repetitions and reversals, absences and ellipses, the film belies its formal and narrative intricacy with Kiarostami’s characteristic humility and wry humour; a lecture on the burden of women delivered by a café owner is stern and the motorbike driven by a philosophical doctor offers the best transport for the road to redemption since Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest.

Release Date | 1999
Running Time | 118 mins
Language | Persian

Abbas Kiarostami is considered to be one of the most prolific Iranian filmmaker with a career spanning over five decades. He started directing and writing films in the 70s and influenced a whole new generation of filmmakers in Iran and the Global North, leaving an indelible mark on the New Wave Cinema with his magic realistic style, coming together of the fact and fiction and a new cinematic vocabulary derived from the everyday and the banal.

He received many accolades during his career, winning at several International Film Festivals in-cluding Cannes, Venice Film Festival, Locarno and many others. Kiarostomi died this month at the age of 76 and was remembered with fondness and sadness the world over. In Martin Scorsese’s words, he was “elegant, eloquent, very quiet, very careful with his words — always thoughtful and always studying everything.”


When: Tuesday, 26th July 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00 – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.100

Karachi Bus Rapid Transit System: Panel Discussion

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

21st July  | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion on the proposed Karachi Bus Rapid Transit System

Karachi is a city on the brink of an uncontrolled phase of rapid motorization. The mitigation of transportation externalities requires a dramatic shift towards a sustainable transportation system.

Join us at T2F for a panel talk on one such project integral to tackling these issues: the Karachi Bus Rapid Transit System. Drawing from architecture, urban planning, heritage and preservation, the talk will explore the various benefits and challenges posed by the system, and the ways in which these challenges can be addressed to enhance the efficiency of this project.

About the Panelists:

Arif Belgaumi
Arif Belgaumi studied architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is the principal architect at Arif Belgaumi Architects. He has held teaching appointments at various institutes including The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, and at the Department of Visual Studies at Karachi University. Belgaumi is the also a founding member of Critical Mass Karachi, a society that seeks to promote green modes of transportation.

Roland deSouza
Roland deSouza studied Engineering at NED University of Engineering and Technology and is a Professional Engineer, Partner, and the Prinical Electrical Consultant at Fahim, Nanji & D’souza. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, as well as the former chairman of the advocacy group Shehri – Citizen for a Better Environment (CBE).

Sohail Ahmed Kalhoro
Sohail Kalhoro completed his post-graduation of the University of Surry in the UK, and is an active member of the Advisory Committee constituted under the Sindh Cultural Heritage (Preservation) Act, 1994. After specializing in cultural conservation in the UK and Middle East for 12 years, he returned to Karachi in 2011 and has been actively engaged in heritage adaptive re-use to protect the architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, and artistic values in Sindh.

Rafiul Haq
Rafiul Haq is an ecologist by qualification and a natural resource management expert by experience. He is among the Founder Members of an Alliance called CRAB (Coastal Restoration Alliance for Biodiversity, Member- IUCN-COMMISSION on Ecosystem Management, Council Member of HSP (Horticultural Society of Pakistan)


When: Thursday, 21st July, 2016
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: T2F
Entry: Free (donations are welcome)

Bold Women, Bad Women: How to Talk about Qandeel Baloch

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

20th July  | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion on the malice of honor-killing in Pakistan

Why are bold women also bad women? And why are ‘bad’ women denied their expressive agency? Join us this thursday as we talk about one such tragic figure: Qandeel Baloch (1990-2016), who managed to reveal the shallowness and inherent hypocrisy of patriarchal male pride.

Comprising our panel is an inclusive line-up of legal advocates, feminist scholars, and journalists:

– Nosheen Ali (Sociologist)
– Hamna Zubair (Media Representative, Head, Images, Dawn)
– Abira Ashfaq (Law and Policy maker)

The discussion will center around the various narratives around victims of patriarchal structures, like Qandeel Baloch, which beg for a dismantling, as well as the malice of honor killing in Pakistan. In the recent events of her death, we will also talk about how its hypocrtical to add a ‘disclaimer’ to your condemnation of Baloch’s murder, the issue of identifying her ideological leanings after her death, her relationship with social and electronic media, as well as current stances on the anti-honor killing bill and murder law in Pakistan — but perhaps most importantly, how Qandeel Baloch identified her own self.


When: Wednesday, 20th July, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: T2F
Entry: Free (donations are welcome)

Pokémon Go: Round Table Discussion

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

22nd July  | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a round table discussion on the sensational augmented reality app, Pokémon Go

No game in recent years has gone viral on the scale parallel to that of Pokémon Go, so much so that its shares soared to double in the last week alone! Both hilarious and terrifying stories about this fascinating app have been making rounds on the social media. There’s the playful ‘Golbat-Chan’ Pokémon Go trainer from NYC who’s charging $20 for ‘night shifts’ at your house to train your Pokémon. There is the young guy who was stabbed in a Disneyland park by fellow player for winning a duel. Then there are those who suggest that Trump is secretly using the app to ‘catch’ voters.
Join us at T2F on Friday, July 22nd (7:30 PM) for an informal roundtable gathering as we discuss the pros and cons of using this app. Bring your personal stories (and also impersonal ones!). From Auschwitz to a Hindu temple in India, to an old lady’s house in Lahore brutally turned into a ‘Poké Gym’, our close-knit discussion will range from considering cultural and political implications of the app, to hilarious ghost stories and pranks, to the massive amount of journalism being produced on this heated topic, which now calls the game ‘a defining postmodern phenomenon!’.

Stick around for T2F’s first Game Night after the discussion, which will be a regular monthly feature from now! Get your Ludo, Chess, or Scrabble, or choose from our motley collection of board games. Bring your sporty spirits!



Date: 22nd July, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Free (donations are welcome)
Venue: T2F

Ali Suhail and Stupid Happiness Theory

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

23rd July, 2016 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of Indie scene

No stranger to T2F and the Indie scene, Ali Suhail is a singer-songwriter from Karachi. Apart from his solo act, Ali also plays for Jumbo Jutt, Sikandar Ka Mandar and Natasha Humera Ejaz.

To hear Ali’s music, head over to

Stupid Happiness Theory will be opening for Ali Suhail! Check out her music here:


Date: 23rd July, 2016
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: T2F

Curly Haired Conversations

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Friday 15th July, 2016 | 8:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a comedy show featuring Ali Gul Pir and Akbar Chaudhry

An interview series like no other! Join me as I grill Ali Gul Pir about all things Saeen. For this one time, YOU can be the Taroo Maroo, sitting inconspicuously in the audience, indulging voyueristically!

Think The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon meets Between Two Ferns as Graham Norton and Conan smile approvingly from a distance, much like proud parents of a Fulbright Scholar. Or of someone who has managed to land a spouse with a US passport.

So mark your calendars! By which we really mean add this date to Google Calendars. Unless you’re old school and are actually in the practice of circling or crossing dates on a physical calendar sent to you by a pharmaceutical company. Lots of laugh. Lots of comedy.


Date: 15th July, 2016
Time: 8:30-10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: T2F


Book Binding Workshop by Muniba Rasheed

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

11th, 12th and 15th July, 2016 | 2:00-3:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a book binding workshop with Muniba Rasheed

This hands-on workshop will take you through three different methods of bookbinding namely saddle stitch, Japanese 4-Hole binding and Coptic stitch. With these techniques you will be able to stitch your own books, sketchbooks or notebooks. The workshop includes a free book-binding kit.



Date: 11th, 12th and 15th July, 2016
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 1500
Venue: T2F


Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Saami Brothers

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Saturday, 25th June 2016 | 10:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance by The Saami Brothers

The Saami Brothers were trained in classical music and the art of qavvaali under the rigorous tutelage of Munshi Raziuddin Khan and their father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. Keeping the flame of the Qavvaal Baccha Gharana alive, the Saami Brothers are well versed in a number of languages, and weave various genres of eastern classical music beautifully into their qavvaali performances.


Date: Saturday, 2nd July, 2016
Time: 10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: T2F