Movielog.think-chal­lenge- Ques­tion

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“Movielog. Think-chal­lenge-ques­tion” a monthly film screen­ing and de­bate aimed at young women was in­au­gu­rated by Javed Jab­bar, Pro­ducer and­writer with the movie “Ram­c­hand Pak­istani” on 5th March, 2012 at the of­fice of Friedrich-ebert-stiftung (FES) Pak­istan. The month­ly­movie se­ries was or­ga­nized by FES in co­op­er­a­tion with Cen­tre for Ex­cel­lence in Gen­der Stud­ies at Quaid-iAzam Univer­sity and the Ger­man Aca­demic Ex­change Ser­vice (DAAD). Al­most 30 young women were there to watch Ram­c­hand Pak­istani. The young women were ac­tive in the af­ter film dis­cus­sion with the Pro­ducer and Writer of the film Javed Jab­bar. Javed Jab­bar shared his ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing the film. “I know the real char­ac­ters of the film per­son­ally and they were with us through­out the pro­duc­tion part. We wanted them to be there while doc­u­ment­ing their lives.” Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Fes-pak­istan, An­jamin­naert said, “The movie screen­ing will be held monthly at the FES of­fice fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional­movies and doc­u­men­taries draw­ing on sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences from Asia, the Amer­i­cas and Europe.” The films serve as a medium to open up di­a­logue and re­flec­tion of is­sues of life choices, work-life bal­ance and per­ti­nent so­ciopo­lit­i­cal is­sues and chal­lenges for women. Re­stricted through tra­di­tional and so­ci­etal norms women sel­dom find op­por­tu­ni­ties to gather out­side their homes and openly de­bate over is­sues of their con­cern start­ing from mar­i­tal and fam­ily mat­ters to pol­i­tics. Not­ing the scarce avail­abil­ity of spa­ces for young women to en­gage in a crit­i­cal dis­course, the aim of the “Movielog” is to cre­ate a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als and house wife's to dis­cuss gen­der re­lated is­sues and pol­i­tics be­yond the com­plex dy­nam­ics of their ev­ery­day life, fam­ily and work spa­ces. This will al­low young women with dif­fer­ent life ex­pe­ri­ences to gather reg­u­larly, al­low­ing net­work­ing and in­ter­ac­tion.

*Cour­tesy­byfriedrich-ebert-stiftung(fes),islamabad.

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