Thursday, 12th January 2017 | 7:00PM
Feica vs Feica is a short documentary (27 min. 36 seconds) about Pakistan’s veteran political cartoonist, Feica. For the last 30 years, Feica has been taking on all shades of bigotry – political, religious and social – through his cartoons. For these ‘sins’, the Karachi-based artist has often found himself in trouble with state authorities and political parties. But even stints in jail haven’t curbed Feica’s outspokenness, his non-conformism. His critics call him stupid for openly criticizing Pakistan’s power centres; for flouting the ban on alcohol by taking his hipflask to public places. But while he courts the image of a troublemaker and an irresponsible alcoholic, Feica is also a notoriously disciplined cartoonist, a canny entrepreneur, a doting father and caring husband.
This film confronts Pakistan’s contemporary socio-political realities as reflected by the public and private faces of its best-known satirist. What do these two Feicas think of each other? Who is the real Feica and what does he think? Why is he hated as much as he is admired?
This short film shows the best and the worst of Pakistan though the eyes of a liberal, progressive artist. Most importantly, this documentary speaks of what resistance looks like and its future in a country eviscerated by its contradictions, its bigots and zealots.
The fim screening will be followed by a short Q/A Session with Feica himself and the fim crew. The session will be moderated by Munazza Siddiqui.
Faisal Sayani is an independent filmmaker and freelance journalist who teaches television production and the history of cinema at public and private universities in Karachi. Between 2002 and 2015, he headed current affairs departments at Geo News, DawnNews and Express News. He has also produced several documentaries on various subjects, including the 2006 ‘Zinda Tau Rehna Hai’ (Life Goes On) about life in the northern areas of Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake. He’s also a passionate photographer.
Munazza Siddiqui is the Executive Producer, Geo News International, and Editor of Jang-The Economist annual publication. With journalism experience of over 22 years, she has worked in print, radio, TV and electronic media with organisations that include Daily Muslim, Daily Dawn, BBC Asia Service, PTV, Deutsche Welle, Samaa, Dawn News and Geo. She has written and reported extensively in Pakistan and across Europe.