ANIMA STATE (Hammad Khan, 2013, UK/Pakistan) – Critical Condition

Revival, resurgence, rebirth, a new era are some of the ways in which Pakistani cinema has been described as of late. Since the academic discourse on Pakistani cinema is so narrow, incomplete and barely existent makes it problematic for anyone trying to offer an adequate historiography and even more impossible when situating contemporary Pakistan cinema.… Continue reading ANIMA STATE (Hammad Khan, 2013, UK/Pakistan) – Critical Condition

SLACKISTAN (Dir. Hammad Khan, 2009, Pakistan) – Tales From The City

                  I was somewhat conflicted both emotionally and ideologically whilst watching this latest feature film from Pakistan. Such a conflict arouse from my desire to turn away from the lives of Pakistani middle classes many of whom have indirectly helped to sustain such the ruling elite‚Äôs indiscriminate… Continue reading SLACKISTAN (Dir. Hammad Khan, 2009, Pakistan) – Tales From The City

KHUDA KAY LIYE / IN THE NAME OF GOD (Dir. Shoaib Mansoor, Pakistan, 2007) – Awakenings

Dormant for a long time, the Pakistani film industry is going through a number of changes which may lead to some hope of economic and artistic resuscitation. The history of Pakistani cinema since partition has been a disappointing one and the crisis it has faced in terms of funding, distribution and exhibition seems to mirror… Continue reading KHUDA KAY LIYE / IN THE NAME OF GOD (Dir. Shoaib Mansoor, Pakistan, 2007) – Awakenings