METRO PLUS

Film screening

The Centre for Film and Drama (CFD) is screening movies over the weekend. Search For Freedom by Pakistani director, Munizae Jahangir, is on February 17 at 6.30 p.m. The film traces the dramatic social and political history of Afghanistan from the 1920s to the present day through the stories of four remarkable women — Princess Shafiqa Saroj, sister of progressive King Amanullah (1919-1929), Mairman Parveen, the first woman to sing on Afghan radio, Moshina, a war widow and survivor of a Taliban massacres, and Sohaila, an exiled medical student who ran underground schools for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women) during the Taliban regime. Stunning archival footage from the early 20th century captures a time of remarkable freedom for women that belie most Western perceptions. Pather Chujaeri (The Play Is On...) by Indian director Pankaj Rishi Kumar will be screened on February 18 at 6.30 p.m. It deals with how art survives in a regime of fear. It features the National Bhand Theatre, Wathora, and the Bhagat Theatre, Akingam, two groups still perform the traditional pather form of satire in Kashmir. Shot in 2001, it captures how an illiterate community has sustained a centuries-old tradition in the face of debilitating social and cultural changes. CFD is on the fifth floor, Sona Towers, Millers Road. Screenings open to members only. Please reach early to register.

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