Ammar Aziz

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Ammar Aziz
Ammar Aziz with Concepcion Picciotto.jpg
Ammar Aziz during a protest with veteran peace activist Concepcion Picciotto in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Makhdoom Ammar Aziz

Alma materNational College of Arts
Years active2007 - present

Ammar Aziz is a Pakistani documentary filmmaker [1][2][3] and left-wing activist.[4] As a filmmaker, he was initially known for his work about the working class of Pakistan.[5] A graduate of Lahore's National College of Arts,[6] he was the only [7][8] filmmaker from Pakistan to be selected in 2012 for the Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival.[9] He was selected for his documentary about the power-loom workers of Faisalabad[3] which was also screened at the Solidar Silver Rose Award 2011[10] in Brussels. His documentary about the home-based women workers of Hyderabad has been screened at several labour film festivals in the United States and Europe.[11]

His debut feature film A Walnut Tree had its world premiere at IDFA.[12] The film won awards from Film SouthAsia,[13] Moscow International Documentary Film Festival [14] and also won the International Federation of Film Critics Award.[15]


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  2. ^ "Young Pakistani filmmaker provokes audiences with Marx and 'Islamic punk' | Asia | DW.DE | 20.02.2012". DW.DE. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  3. ^ a b Khan, Sher (2012-02-03). "Rise of the Oppressed: The one to watch – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  4. ^ "Thirty ideas from people under 30: The Change Agents - Ammar Aziz: Band member, filmmaker, and voice for Pakistani poor". Christian Science Monitor. 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  5. ^ "Filming the struggle of working class - Newspaper - DAWN.COM". 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  6. ^ "Dailytimes | Your Right To Know". Archived from the original on 2013-08-10. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  7. ^ "Labour Education Foundation(LEF) Film "Rise of the Oppressed" selected for Talent Campus at Berlin International Film Festival". IFWEA. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
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  9. ^ "Pak documentary nominated for Berlin film festival". The Nation. 2012-01-28. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  10. ^ Solidar (2012-02-17). "LEF documentary on Power Loom workers". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  11. ^ "'Daughters of a lesser god': A harrowing depiction of the pristine shackles of poverty - The Express Tribune". 2012-10-03. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  12. ^ "Interview: Ammar Aziz (A Walnut Tree) | IDFA".
  13. ^ "A Walnut Tree wins top honour at Film South Asia".
  14. ^ "I hope young filmmakers undo the NGO-isation of documentaries: A Walnut Tree director Ammar Aziz". 2016-06-18.
  15. ^ "Seeking a Home".