A rare treat to watch a Balochi movie at Lok Virsa today!


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—With positive signs of Balochistan the largest province (44pc of the total area of the country) emerging as a land of opportunities, especially after the initiation of work on Gwadar port and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), cinema is also developing in this land of promise. Lok VIrsa’s visionary executive director Dr Fouzia Saeed who has set in a number of projects since the day she took charge and to showcase the vibrant cultures of the country and potential colours of all its provinces.
Balochi language movie Saawad (The Ocean) being screened at Lok Virsa today (Saturday) is part of her vision to showcase and reflect all the cultures of land. By this Dr Fouzia Saeed wants to bring the communities and populations of underdeveloped areas in the main stream, thus said a folklorist of the country who did not want to say anything on record when asked to comment on Lok Virsa’s weekly screening of Pakistan’s classical movies under the title ‘Mandwa Film Club.’ Saawad is the story of survival and hardships that the people of the coastline bear facing odds of all kinds like hunger, displacement, poverty and poor law and order. Shot in Pasni, the movie is placed in the cultural context of Makran, the coastal area of Balochistan. It has not been formally released but Mandwa members will have an advance viewing. The movie is produced by Doodmaan Culture & Literary Organization and directed by Waheed Qazi.

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