Sabiha Sumar is a Pakistani filmmaker.
As an independent filmmaker, Sabiha Sumar has earned much acclaim for her films, which deal with political and social issues such as the effects of religious fundamentalism on society, and especially on women. Her first feature film, 'Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani)' has played in film festivals around the world. Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003. Sabiha's first documentary, Who Will Cast the First Stone, about three women in prison in Pakistan under Islamic law won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival in 1998. Her documentary films include Don't Ask Why (1999), For a Place Under the Heavens (2003), On the roofs of Delhi (2007), and Dinner with the President (2007).
Who Will Cast the First Stone led to the quashing of death-by-stoning sentence for Shahida Parveen, accused of adultery, while For a Place Under the Heavens kicked off a critical debate on women wearing the hijab in the Muslim World.
In 1992 Sumar founded Vidhi Films.
as a director
- Khamosh Paani on iMDB
- Profile at vidhifilms.net
- Women of Pakistan feature
- New York Times review of "Silent Waters"
- Video Interview of Sabiha Sumar
- "Sabiha Sumar: "I began to realize I could be in prison."". Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
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