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News on our film and developments in the Kohistan Video Case.

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17 December 2016:
The Washington Post publishes an article on the Kohistan Video Case detailing the history and latest news on the case: In Pakistan, five girls were killed for having fun. Then the story took an even darker twist.

 

10 December 2016:

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF OUR FEATURE DOCUMENTARY!
We are happy to announce that Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal will premiere on Human Rights Day at JAYU's Human Rights Film Festival at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto.

Thanks to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary for supporting the Human Rights Film Festival and co-presenting our documentary.

1 December 2016 "ISLAMABAD: In a damning report submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday [1 December], a commission headed by the district and sessions judge for Kohistan, Shoaib Khan, expressed fears that the five girls involved in a 2010 video scandal might not be alive." Fingerprint evidence seems to indicate that the girls presented to the latest commission were not in fact the girls in the video. Dawn.com.

 

November 2016 After years of activism by Haseeb, Afzal and Dr. Farzana Bari, the Kohistan Video case has been re-opened! Dr. Bari gave a witness statement, and the Supreme Court ordered a Kohistan sessions judge to submit an inquiry report on the case by the end of November.

There has been a great response to the packed media screening of our film, hosted by Haseeb, at the National Press Club in Islamabad in October. Thanks to Haseeb's efforts, we are looking forward to more community outreach screenings throughout the country. The next will be at the opening of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, organized by the Pakistan NGO Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Alliance, on 30 November in Islamabad. We are very proud that our film has been included in this important and inspirational campaign.

 

27 October 2016: We are proud to announce an invitation only media screening of our feature documentary at the National Press Club in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Thank you Haseeb Khawaja for organising this event. Q&A after the screening with Dr. Farzana Bari, Afzal Kohistani and Haseeb.

 

September 2016:

The Kohistan Video Case is in the spotlight again. The case has been re-opened in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. For more details see GeoTV report.

 

Television version (52 mins) completed!

 

July 2016:

Feature version (87 mins) completed!

 

June 2016:

We are excited to announce that we have signed on with Java Films, one of Europe’s leading independent distributors specializing in documentaries and current affairs!

 

Based in Paris, JAVA also has offices in Barcelona and London. Their documentaries have been selected for prestigious festivals such as IDFA, Sundance, Tribeca, HotDocs and Thessaloniki; won awards like the Prix Albert Londres Award, the Sony Impact Award and the Jury Special Prize (FIPA); include international Emmy winners; and have been nominated for prestigious prizes like the Goyas.
 

‘Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal’ is both a moving story and takes a sensitive, multi-layered approach to cultural conflict and honour killings in Pakistan. We’re delighted to be working with Elizabeth and Brishkay on it and look forward to bringing it to a wider audience.'
 

Kathryn Bonnici
Head of Acquisitions & Development
JAVA Films

 

December 2015:

World Policy Institute’s blog features Brishkay and her film Story of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan.

 

Of Note Magazine features Brishkay and her filmStory of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan. Congratulations Brishkay! So proud of you.

 

 

 

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The Kohistan Video Scandal • Digital Warriors Production Inc. • 2016