Samar Minallah

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Samar Minallah
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Samar Minallah Khan
Born
Islamabad Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
EducationMPhil
Occupationdocumentary filmmaker, and human rights activist

Samar Minallah (Urdu: ثمر من اللہALA-LC: S̱amar min Allāh IPA: [ˈsəmər mɪn əlˈlɑːh]) is a documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist from Pakistan.[1]

Career[edit]

Samar Minallah was born in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan.[2] As a filmmaker she has created projects targeting social change in Pakistan,[3] created for local audiences and are screened locally to generate dialogue around issues related to women and children.[4] Her films especially capture culturally sanctioned forms of violence against women and girls.[5][6][7][8][9]

Films[edit]

Samar's lens has led to the inner stories of Pashtun women and their lives. She is from the school of filmmakers who believe they are empowered to challenge norms and change mindsets through films.[10][11]

Dar-Pa-Dar Where the Heart lies[edit]

Minallah's film Dar-Pa-Dar Where the Heart lies consists of conversations with Afghan refugee women living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, who are faced with returning home and leaving the bodies of their loved ones behind.[12]

Bajaur Gooloona - Homeless at Home[edit]

Minallah's film Bajaur Gooloona - Homeless at Home focuses on tribal women and children displaced from their homes due to conflict.[13][14][15]

Bibi Shireenay - Where Honor Comes From[edit]

Minallah's film Bibi Shireenay - Where Honor Comes From is a folk song video about the economic and social contribution of Pakhtun women.[16]

Allah - A Lullaby for You My Daughter[edit]

Her film Allah - A Lulluby for You My Daughter is a lullaby dedicated to Pakhtun girls filmed in Afghanistan and Pakistan regarding the importance of education for girls.[17][18][19][20][21]

Poles Apart--Chains do not keep marriages together[edit]

Minallah's film Poles Apart was shot in Oslo, Jhelam, Gujrat, and Lalamusa. The documentary follows people community activists in these areas.[22][23][24]

Kuch Khaab Hain Mairey - I have a dream[edit]

Her film I have a dream, also known as Khuch Khaab Hain Meray, is a 35 minutes long documentary on child domestic labor in Pakistan, narrated by a seven year old domestic servant from Mardan.[25] The narrator highlights the dangerous nature of the tasks she does as a part of her employment.[26] The film also follow the story of an eight year old domestic worker from Clifton, Karachi, discussing the physical abuse suffered by their employer.[27] Other children interviewed discuss the importancee of education to them.[28][29][30]

The Dark Side of Migration[edit]

Minallah's film The Dark Side of Migration documents human trafficking in Pakistan[31]

Swara--A Bridge Over Troubled Waters[edit]

Minallah's documentary Swara explores marriages where girls are given as compensation to an enemy family to end disputes, often murders,[32][33][34][35][36][37] and has been labelled anthropological activism.[38] The film was shot in Darra Adam Khel, Khyber Agency, Mardan, Swabi and Peshawar the documentary.[39]

Awards[edit]

Minallah received the Perdita Houston Human Rights Activist Award in 2014.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samar Minallah Khan « Women Have Wings". www.womenhavewings.org. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Samar Minallah Khan - Pashtun Crusader with a Camera". www.asafeworldforwomen.org. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Pakistan Today Paperazzi issue N 131 March 06th 2016". Issuu. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Samar Minallah Khan: a vital voice - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Filmmaker by cause - TNS - The News on Sunday". TNS - The News on Sunday. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Special Report, NOS, The News International". jang.com.pk. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  7. ^ Amir, Intikhab (3 March 2012). "Documentaries make social change happen". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Samar Minallah Khan: a vital voice - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Profile: Documentary Filmmaker Samar Minallah Khan | Arts & Culture | Newsline". www.newslinemagazine.com. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Special Report, NOS, The News International". jang.com.pk. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Samar Minallah: Challenging the Norms!". Masala! - Bollywood Gossip News, Indian Celebrities and Pictures. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Documentary portrays plight of Afghan DPs". www.dawn.com. 6 August 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Da Bajaur Guloona Homeless at Home". DailyTimes. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Touching film on Bajaur homeless screened". www.dawn.com. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Dialogue, NOS, The News International". jang.com.pk. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Profile: Documentary Filmmaker Samar Minallah Khan (Arts & Culture - Newsline)". www.newslinemagazine.com. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  17. ^ Kundi, Asma (11 March 2016). "Creativity of rural women must be recognised". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Documentary on female education launched". DailyTimes. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  19. ^ "A lullaby for you, my daughter – The Express Tribune Blog". blogs.tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Anthropological activism in Pakistan with lullabies". www.antropologi.info. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  21. ^ "How important is girls' education". www.interface.edu.pk. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  22. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (17 April 2014). "Filmmaker exposes flaws of forced marriages". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Documentary screening: There is a way out of forced marriages says activist - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  24. ^ "Call for implementation of pro-women laws - Pakistan Gender News". Pakistan Gender News. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  25. ^ "Violence, death stalk child domestic help". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  26. ^ "PAKISTAN: Violence, Death Stalk Child Domestic Help | Inter Press Service". www.ipsnews.net. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  27. ^ "The unending plight of child domestic workers in Pakistan - Exploitation, abuse, torture, rape and murder" (PDF). THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. The Child Rights Movement (CRM) Punjab, the Institute for Social Justice (ISJ), Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILER). THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. Retrieved 25 April 2016.CS1 maint: others (link)
  28. ^ Report, Bureau (15 December 2011). "Documentary depicts a child's dream". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  29. ^ "Shatter dreams: Robbing childhoods and calling it charity - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  30. ^ "Violence, death stalk child domestic help". Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  31. ^ "Samar Minallah premiers 'The Dark Side of Migration'". www.dawn.com. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  32. ^ "Swara: The Price of Honour". Khyber.ORG. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  33. ^ Intikhab Amir. "Documentaries make social change happen". Beta.dawn.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  34. ^ [1] Archived 25 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ Declan Walsh. "15 child brides used to settle Pakistan feud". the Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  36. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071212034235/http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/fact_sheets/marriage.doc. Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  37. ^ "Enslaved by tradition". IRIN. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  38. ^ "Anthropological activism in Pakistan with lullabies". www.antropologi.info. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  39. ^ "Documentary depicts tortuous life of Swara victim". www.dawn.com. 19 August 2003. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  40. ^ "Steps ordered against anti-women jirgas". Beta.dawn.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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