Thinking Films: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

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Calling all film lovers! Join us on Wednesday, 21st February at Faraar Gallery, T2F for our latest session of Thinking Films: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.

The Book Club of films, Thinking Films is an ongoing series that showcases iconic films at T2F with a film screening followed by a group discussion. In this session, we will be screening Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, which is considered to be one of Bollywood’s finest comedies. A small budget film of, then, first-time filmmaker Kundan Shah, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Neena Gupta and Bhakti Barve and an incredibly talented crew, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is dark, hilarious and thought-provoking all at once.

We will wrap up the film screening with a group discussion. Our event is free, but please support us by buying some delicious popcorn for which proceeds will go directly towards the continuation of T2F’s programmes for the community!

Date: Wednesday, 21st February 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Film Screening: Them!

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Join us on Sunday, 18th February 2018 for the screening of Them! in the latest session of T2F’s Science Ka Adda series.

Like all great sci-fi novels and stories, a truly brilliant sci-fi film is somewhat rooted in the realities of science – otherwise what differentiates it from any elaborate Fantasy film? Produced in 1954, when mummers of nuclear bombs and test sites were heard just about everywhere – from laboratories to living rooms – Them! explored the real life fears of radiation affecting nuclear bomb sites in the 1940s. Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon, Them! is regarded as one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

Following the film screening, we will have a discussion with the audience about how the film resonates in our contemporary understanding of the risks of nuclear tests and radiation today. Will we ever come close to the story of Them!?

About the film
Giant ants have appeared in the desert after irresponsible nuclear bomb tests in the ’40s left the area irradiated, and they’ve now become killers scavenging for food. Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and Drs. Patricia and Harold Medford are called in to investigate, and they discover that the ants have already laid eggs and moved on to more locations. If they don’t stop the nests from spreading, the entire world will soon be overrun with the giant monstrous THEM!

Date: Sunday, 18th February 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations welcome

Phool Patti Workshop with Haider Ali, Truck Artist

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A quintessential mark of Pakistan’s vibrant art and culture, Truck Art is a home-grown art form that can be found on anything from clothes, to teapots and even body paint! Revered artist, Haider Ali, Truck Artist, the son and protégé of Pakistan’s first ever truck artist will be holding a three-part workshop at T2F to teach you how to create your own truck art inspired masterpieces!

All materials will be supplied by Haider Ali and students do not need to bring anything to the workshop.

To sign up, please register by visiting us at T2F and making your payment of Rs6000. No reservations will be accepted without full payment. We have 12 seats available for the workshop so sign up soon to reserve your seat!

Date: 20th, 22nd, 25th February 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs6000 for the entire workshop

Open Studio: Six Eyes Collective

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Safwan and Marium strongly believe that the only way to bring social change in the city is through art and it’s appreciation. The duo covering several art fields – music, film, photography, fashion, and fine arts – work under the name of SIX EYES COLLECTIVE (a non-profit organization) promoting the arts in anyway they can. They work from voluntarily painting the city’s dirty walls with colour to giving creative release sessions in schools and reclaiming public spaces with music – all whilst continuously showcasing and exhibiting their artwork.

From the 19th February to 24th February, SIX EYES COLLECTIVE are bringing their workshop and artworks to T2F. Drop by to see some of their art, indulge in some creative release workshops or to just have a chat about why art is the only way to make this world better. The Open Studio will conclude with a Public Art Excursion on Saturday February 24th from noon to 5pm.

Date: Monday, 19th February – Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: noon – 9:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Qavvaali Mahfil: Hamza Akram

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Join us on Saturday, 24th February for Qavvaali Mahfil with Hamza Akram. Hamza Akram, belongs to the 805 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and is the grandson of the inimitable qavvaals Munshi Raziuddin from his paternal side and Ustad Bahauddin from his maternal side. Hamza Akram performed in his early days with his uncles, Fareed and Abu Mohammad, who are considered to be the greatest qavvaals today.

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: 8:00-10:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs500

Creative Writing Workshop with Bina Shah

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Back by popular demand, T2F welcomes its second Creative Writing Workshop of 2018 on Sunday, February 25th at Faraar Gallery!

Creative writing is a skill that allows us not only to produce entertaining or thought-proving content for readers and audiences, but also provides us access to the inner workings and untapped corners of our own creative spirit and minds. So, whether you’re an aspiring novelist, writing hobbyist, or simply want to develop the craft of creative expression through storytelling to reach a deeper understanding of self (be it at work or at home), join us at T2F for a Creative Writing workshop with critically acclaimed author, Bina Shah.

About the instructor:
Bina Shah is a Karachi-based author of five novels and two collections of short stories. Her previous novel, A Season for Martyrs, was published in the US, France, and India to critical acclaim, while her forthcoming feminist dystopian novel, Before She Sleeps, will be published by Delphinium Books in August 2018. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, and a frequent guest on the BBC, she has contributed essays and op-eds to Granta, The Independent, and The Guardian, and writes a regular column for Dawn. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa. She is currently the president of the Alliance Francaise (Karachi) and works on issues of women’s rights and female empowerment in Pakistan and across Muslim countries.

**The workshop is open to 30 students max. To register, come in to Faraar Gallery, T2F from Thursday, 1st February, to pay and register with your name, cell number and email. Registrations without payment will not be accepted as spaces are limited. All participants registering MUST bring their own laptop or tablet to the workshop. **

Date: Sunday, 25th February 2018
Time: 10:45am-1:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs 2500

Mustafa Zaidi Ki Yaad Mayn

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Join us on Saturday, 17th February 2018 at Faraar Galler, T2F where we will celebrate esteemed progressive Urdu poet, Mustafa Zaidi. Moderated by Asif Farrukhi, the event will feature a variety of revered Pakistani lovers of literature as well as friends including Iftikhar Arif, Nusrat Zaidi, Tina Sani, as well as Mustafa Zaidi’s daughter, Ismat Zaidi – who has flown in for this event – to name a few.

The programme will be broadcast live on our Facebook page and will also be uploaded on our YouTube channel a week after the event.

Date: Saturday, 17th February 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Film Screening: Sundance Award-Winning ‘Unrest’

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F for the screening of Sundance award-winning documentary, ‘Unrest’.

For guests who were not able to enjoy the full film at our last event due to technical difficulties, we can assure that in this session we will screen the full film. The event will also be followed by a Q&A with Director, Jennifer Brea and a local panel of patients and activists featuring Fatima Asad (Health Coach), Fatima Hashmi (Activist) and activist Nevra Elis representing the global advocacy group #MEAction Network.

About the film
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. At its core, Unrest is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.

To learn more about the film, go to: https://www.unrest.film/

To learn more about ME, go to:
https://www.ted.com/talks/jen_brea_what_happens_when_you_have_a_disease_doctors_can_t_diagnose

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Unrest world-premiered January in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award), the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. It also has a companion VR piece which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.

Date: Friday, 16th February 2018
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Sanjay Rajoura: An Indian Satirist in Karachi

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Join us on Thursday, 15th February at Faraar Gallery, T2F for an evening with critically acclaimed stand up comedian, Sanjay Rajoura in his tribute performance to our beloved founder, Sabeen Mahmud. Joining us in a special visit to Karachi – a city he loves greatly – from his native India, Sanjay Rajoura is known for his unconventional, unique and fresh take on topics including politics, religion, caste, gender politics, feminism. The show will include a Q&A with Sanjay.

Date: Thursday, 15th February 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs 800. Tickets available at the door on the day of the event – first come, first served!

Film Screening: Mard Ban. Be a Man. by Aurélie Salvaire

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What does it mean to be a man in Pakistan?

How do men deal with the pressure of providing financially while being discouraged to express doubts and fears?

How can we reframe expectations so that men and women live more happily together?

To answer these questions, Aurélie Salvaire interviewed different activists, entrepreneurs and artists such as Kamla Bhasin, Tina Sani and Jibran Nasir. The objective was to show a different image of the country, a more positive and tender one, and to invite men – in Pakistan and elsewhere – to further develop their understanding of masculinity by exploring their loving and caring side.

Join us on Monday, 12th February at Faraar Gallery for the screening of Aurélie Salvaire’s documentary, ‘Mard Ban. Be a Man.’ The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and questions surrounding masculinity in Pakistan.

Aurélie Salvaire:
Working for the past 10 years in the social innovation field, collaborating with Oxfam, Ashoka, Unreasonable Institute and Impact Hub, Aurélie Salvaire is passionate about storytelling and how new stories can help us to empower individuals and balance the world. Having founded and curated various TEDx events, particularly TEDxBarcelonaWomen, she also founded The A Factor which has run workshops and events in places as diverse as Beirut and Nairobi. Active training women entrepreneurs from Tunisia to Iran and Pakistan, Aurélie Salvaire is also a very active speaker, promoting greater diversity and shedding light on lingering stereotypes through her platform Shiftbalance.

Date: Monday, 12th February 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated