WOW films
Saturday, 02 December 2017 -
15:00 to 16:00

WOW Films

WOW Films showcases a selection of shorts about and made by women that deconstruct gender identity, explore issues pertinent to women and men and their history, and challenge prevailing stereotypes.

All films are followed by a Q&A with the team.

About Rebel Optimist

An intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner Perween Rahman and her remarkable work for Karachi's poor.

'No one is safe in this city. Those who think otherwise are living in a fool's paradise', says Perween's best friend and colleague Anwar Rashid as he navigates the chaotic roads of Karachi. An architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman had an alternate vision for the development of Karachi: 'Development doesn't come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development.' She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. 

In English and Urdu, with Sign Language translation available.

Suitable for all ages.

About the filmmaker

Mahera Omar

Mahera Omar is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After a brief stint doing laboratory research on the structure of proteins at the Tufts University Department of Biochemistry, she moved back to the city by the sea, Karachi. Her documentary ‘Sea Turtles’ was nominated for the Humane Society of the United States 22nd Genesis Award in the Brigitte Bardot International category for “its excellent depiction of the perils facing the endangered sea turtles of Pakistan and the efforts being made to save them.”

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