The Line of Freedom (film)

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The Line of Freedom
Directed byDavid Whitney
Produced byAly Doshambe
Bhawal Mengal
Noordin Mengal
Waqqas Qadir Sheikh
David Whitney
Written byDavid Whitney
StarringAntonio Aakeel
Mansoor Alfeeli
Fatima Al Taei
Tony Hasnath
Omar Malik
Nitin Mirani
Omar Bin Haider
Ibrahim Renno
Music byNeil Haggerty
CinematographyRussell Nabb
Edited byEmma Collins
DWF Films
Release date
  • 22 November 2013 (2013-11-22)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Line of Freedom is a 2013 political drama film directed and produced by David Whitney and starring Antonio Aakeel. The film had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.[2] It was instantly banned in Pakistan due to the controversial depiction of its security forces and subsequently contributed to a national ban of the Internet Movie Database.[3][4] The film has sparked a backlash from some titling it "anti-state propaganda" and resulted in its star Antonio Aakeel ,and others who had helped in the production allegedly receiving death threats.[5]


The film follows the true story of Nasir Baloch, a young student rights activist murdered by the Pakistani Army in 2011 as part of their 'kill and dump' policy in Balochistan, southwest Pakistan.[6][7] Nasir Baloch is abducted and tortured by his countries security forces. Days later, he is shot and left for dead in the desert, but incredibly survives to tell his story.


  • Antonio Aakeel as Nasir Baloch
  • Mansoor Alfeeli as Pervez
  • Tony Hasnath as Rasool
  • Fatima Al Taei as Hani
  • Omar Malik as Gul
  • Nitin Mirani as Private Sajjad
  • Omar Bin Haider as Private Malik
  • Ibrahim Renno Private Amjad
  • Yousuf Murad Baloch as doctor


The Line of Freedom was developed by DWF productions with UNPO human rights ambassadors Noordin Mengal and Bhawal Mengal. The film was shot in September 2012 at an undisclosed location somewhere in the Middle East.[8]


A short version of the feature was released online in 2013.[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Just released - The Line of Freedom". Time Out Dubai. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "DIFF - The Line of Freedom". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ "The Line of Freedom And The Brief IMDb ban in Pakistan". Global Voices.
  4. ^ "Line of Freedom Banned". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Where Is The Mainstream Coverage Of The Crisis In Balochistan?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ "UNPO - Kill and dump policy". UNPO. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ "The Line of Freedom - IMDb". Imdb. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  8. ^ "The Line of Freedom". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  9. ^ "The Line of Freedom - Short". Youtube. Retrieved 19 March 2017.