Thinking Films: Remembering Mushtaq Gazdar

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Dear Friends, Artists, Cinephiles,

We present to you Thinking Films, a series of film screenings curated to explore storytelling in world cinema. Our selection is not fixated on any one genre or language. Blockbusters, classics, arthouse, experimental and foreign films will all have their day!

The films will be introduced by filmmaker, writer (and unabashed geek) Sabeeh Ahmad, and each screening will be followed by an open discussion about the work and its craft. Join us on Thursday, 15th November 2018 at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films : Remembering Mushtaq Gazdar. This screening will be followed by a discussion with Jami, Durriya Kazi and Satish Anand on the panel with Sabeeh Ahmed as the moderator, who will talk about the work of Mushtaq Gazdar.

This weeks offering:

They are Killing the Horse (1978) 
Song of Wishes (1978)
Concert on Footpath (1986)

About Mushtaq Gazdar:

Born in Karachi on 10th November 1937, Mushtaq Gazdar did his post graduation in physics from Karachi University. However his heart lay in the art of film making and he pursued his passion by first apprenticing in film studios in Lahore and then taking film courses in London while working there as a teacher. He returned to Pakistan and set up an independent production house Films d’Art in 1967. During his career which lasted till the day he died on November 15, 2000, he had created an important body of work.

His films have shown at international film festivals and the docudrama They are Killing the Horse won him the coveted Grand Prix at the Tampere International Short Film Festival in Finland and the the Weg Zum Nachburn award at Oberhausen film festival. This and another film, Ten Days of Lamentation were banned during Zia’s martial law. His films have been awarded Pakistan film industry’s famed Nigar Award for best locally produced documentary films.

In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan for his contribution to the art of film making. He was on the governing body of the Arts Council of Karachi and he also authored Pakistan Cinema 1947-1997 (published by OUP) a seminal work on the Pakistan film industry.

They are Killing the Horse (1978) 

Grand Prix winner at Tampere International Film Festival and recipient of the Weg Zum Nachburn award at Oberhausen film festival,  this film shows the plight of a young woman who suffers depression on account of social and sexual repression all around her. Her family takes her to various shrines and pirs in Sindh for cure which results in her condition becoming even worse and complicated. Completed in the aftermath of the 1977 military takeover, this was the first time ever that issues of violence and suppression were addressed on celluloid.

Song of Wishes (1978)

This short film based on the famous Iqbal poem “Lab pe AAti hai Dua” which is sung every morning across schools in Pakistan juxtaposes lives of  children working as labourers, or on the on the streets  with what can be an attainable dream for each and every child in the country.

Concert on Footpath (1986)

Taking selections from the works of four poets – Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, N. Meem Rashid, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Sahir Ludhianvi – as its narration, “Concert on Foothpath” looks at life on the streets of Karachi for the thousands who migrate from the rural areas for a better livelihood. In strange cities, the footpath is a source of comfort for musicians, artisans, craftsmen and workers where they contrive to make a fresh start in urban culture. Some make their way ahead while others become a permanent feature of the footpath life.

Date: Thursday, 15th November 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

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