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Qatil Akh (Widow Spider) by East Side Story

Direction: Ammar Rasool
Cinematography and color: Dani Sanchez-Lopez
Producer: Hira Tariq
Editor: Saad H K
Post: Qasim Naeem
Cast: Juggun Kazim and Atif Ayub Abbasi
Casting: Tabinda Ghaffar

Street names are numbers in the US

Street names are numbers in the US

Copycat Bollywood posters

Copycat Bollywood posters

Heal ( subtitulada en español)

Cortometraje de 23 minutos.
35mm. Kodak 5260 más proceso de DI.

En “HEAL”, un cortometraje enclavado entre Afghanistan y Pakistán (país del director, Mian Adnan Ahmad) en mitad del conflicto, tuvimos que conseguir que la cámara contuviera esa honestidad característica de las películas de Oriente Medio sin revelar que estábamos rodando en el sur de California, las imágenes necesitaban transportarnos allí, a la frontera.

Lo logramos gracias a un diseño de producción muy ambicioso y a una ávida exploración y selección de localizaciones. Un diseño de planos muy restringido y la búsqueda de una profundidad de campo mínima (utilizando solamente luz del exterior en interiores y varios filtros de densidad neutral y polarizados para escenas a cielo abierto) recrearon la asfixia en esa pequeña aldea sin importancia en la que nuestro personaje, un niño de 7 años trata de escribir un poema sobre la esperanza en medio de la guerra actual.

https://vimeo.com/24983703  (In English)

https://www.facebook.com/heal.film

WINNER, Best Short Film, Delhi International Film Festival 2012

HEAL won in 3 categories at the 2011 Silent River Film Festival. Awards received include:

- River Rock Award for “Best Child Actor” (Ameer Zhowandai)
- River Pearl Award for “Best Child Actress” (Hannah Sher)
- River Admiration Award for “Outstanding Short Film”

WINNER, Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Film, Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2011

WINNER, Frank Capra Award, Fallbrook Film Festival 2011

WINNER, Narrative Competition, Reynolda Film Festival 2011

WINNER, Best Student Film, Victoria Film Festival 2011

WINNER, Audience Award (Student Film), Sacramento Film & Music Festival 2011

WINNER, Jesse Epstein Humanitarian Award, Cleveland International Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, The 9th International Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy 2010

WINNER, Best Subject, International Festival of Cameramen “Golden Eye” 2010

WINNER, Outstanding Filmmaker (Overall Directing), HATCHfest 2010

WINNER, Best Cinematography, HATCHfest 2010

WINNER, Jury Prize for Best International Shorts (Special Mention), Fantasia International Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Best of Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010 (while in competition against short films, feature films and documentaries. HEAL is the first short film to have ever received this award)

WINNER, Best Student Film, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010

HEAL was nominated in five categories at Chapman University’s annual CECIL Awards ceremony, winning in four, including BEST PICTURE. List of awards won include:
- Best Picture
- Excellence in Producing
- Best Cinematography
- Best Production Design

Heal was nominated to an ASC Heritage Award for best cinematography

Leo Freedman Award, presented by the Leo Freedman Foundation

Award from The Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers & Directors




FILM FESTIVALS

Art Week Amman 2013, Jordan (September 5th - 15th)

Delhi International Film Festival 2012, India (December 21st - 27th)

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2011, USA (July 21st - 24th)

Berkshire International Film Festival 2011, USA (June 2nd - 5th)

Tiburon International Film Festival 2011, USA (April 7th - 15th)

Fallbrook Film Festival 2011, USA (April 8th - 10th)

Reynolda Film Festival 2011, USA (March 30th - April 2nd)

Victoria Film Festival 2011, Canada (February 14th - 13th)

Sacramento Film & Music Festival WinterFEST 2011, USA (January 15th - 17th)

Foyle Film Festival 2010, Northern Ireland, U.K (November 19th – November 27th). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards

9th International Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy 2010, China (November 9th – 11th)

Third Eye Asian Film Festival 2010, India (October 28th – November 4th)

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2010, USA (October 21st – October 28th)

UN Association (O.C) Human Rights Film Festival 2010, USA (October 24th)

BendFilm Festival 2010, USA (October 7th – October 10th)

HATCHfest 2010, USA (September 22nd – September 26th)

Big Bear Film Festival 2010, USA (September 17th – 19th)

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2010, USA (August 10th – 15th). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards

Fantasia International Film Festival 2010, Canada (July 8th – 28th)

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2010, Japan (June 10th – August 31st). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards

Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival 2010, France (May 12th – 22nd)

Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010, USA (April 22nd – 25th)

Gulf Film Festival 2010 (Out of Competition), United Arab Emirates (April 8th – 14th)

34th Cleveland International Film Festival 2010, USA (March 18th – 28th). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards

Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) on Sunday - Amritsar, Punjab, India

Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) on Sunday - Amritsar, Punjab, India

Gulabi Gang (the documentary)
Please do not confuse this documentary about the feminist movement in rural India with the Bollywood fiction take on it.
Gulabi Gang shows Sampat Pal, the founder of the pink stick movement, at her brightest, most humane and hardest situations. The precisely constructed edit (Arjun Gourisaria) condenses her path this far, and elevates the piece into an allegory of the feminist movement in India. The camera (Rakesh Haridas) is invisible until it lets us breath some beauty, or unless the voice of the director appears. Nishtha Jain has short and appropriate interventions when the position of a character needs to be clarified, or when her right to observe is endangered. Sometimes people ask me what my favorite Hindi movie is… I often ask if Bengali movies count. Now I can answer.
Read more about the movement

Gulabi Gang (the documentary)

Please do not confuse this documentary about the feminist movement in rural India with the Bollywood fiction take on it.

Gulabi Gang shows Sampat Pal, the founder of the pink stick movement, at her brightest, most humane and hardest situations. The precisely constructed edit (Arjun Gourisaria) condenses her path this far, and elevates the piece into an allegory of the feminist movement in India. The camera (Rakesh Haridas) is invisible until it lets us breath some beauty, or unless the voice of the director appears. Nishtha Jain has short and appropriate interventions when the position of a character needs to be clarified, or when her right to observe is endangered. 

Sometimes people ask me what my favorite Hindi movie is… I often ask if Bengali movies count. Now I can answer.

Read more about the movement

Every thursday evening, Pappu Saeen (one of the most recognized percussionist in Pakistan) plays the dhool for hours at the tomb of Shah Jamal.
Hash is consumed smoking 1 cigarette in each gap between the fingers, and everyone shares joints and tea.

It is, nonetheless, upstairs where we find the most interesting scene. His brother, Goonga Sain, a deaf-mute, plays the dhool only by vibrations.
Three dancers don’t stop their trance, twirling their heads or spinning in circles.
Excuse the rather noisy chiaroscuro picture, something to be experienced

Every thursday evening, Pappu Saeen (one of the most recognized percussionist in Pakistan) plays the dhool for hours at the tomb of Shah Jamal.

Hash is consumed smoking 1 cigarette in each gap between the fingers, and everyone shares joints and tea.

It is, nonetheless, upstairs where we find the most interesting scene. His brother, Goonga Sain, a deaf-mute, plays the dhool only by vibrations.

Three dancers don’t stop their trance, twirling their heads or spinning in circles.

Excuse the rather noisy chiaroscuro picture, something to be experienced

Jewelry Bazaar
Lahore, Pakistan

Jewelry Bazaar

Lahore, Pakistan

Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque)
Lahore, Pakistan

Sunehri Masjid (Golden Mosque)

Lahore, Pakistan

Children playing cricket
Quibla wall of the Badshahi Mosque
Lahore, Pakistan

Children playing cricket

Quibla wall of the Badshahi Mosque

Lahore, Pakistan

"All you need is a gun and a" heart… Godard
Lahore, Pakistan

"All you need is a gun and a" heart… Godard

Lahore, Pakistan

Rickshaw
Lahore, Pakistan

Rickshaw

Lahore, Pakistan

Reading between the lines
Pearl Continental  Lahore Pakistan

Reading between the lines

Pearl Continental 
Lahore Pakistan

Three Aunties
Wazir Khan Masjid (Wazir Khan Mosque)
Lahore, Pakistan

Three Aunties

Wazir Khan Masjid (Wazir Khan Mosque)

Lahore, Pakistan

Dorian Grey
Punjab University
Lahore, Pakistan

Dorian Grey

Punjab University

Lahore, Pakistan