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Good Morning Karachi
Good Morning Karachi - still image

Story: Malia Scotch Marmo, Sabiha Sumar and Samhita Arni
Directed by: Sabiha Sumar 

Starring: Amna Ilyas, Atta Yaqub, Beo Raana Zafar

Producer: Sachithanandam Sathananthan, Sarah Radclyffe

Co-production: Vidhi Films (Pakistan) in association with ZDF / ARTE (Europe)

Duration: 96 minutes


picWhen Rafina begins working at Radiance, Pakistan’s most exclusive salon, she enters a  long dreamed of but seldom seen world. It is a fragmented, evolving culture where the affluent float above the urban masses in a parallel reality.  Clients smoke imported cigarettes and reveal sexual conquests, while the lower class women working there face a more open struggle with honor and propriety.

Chance and willfulness propel Rafina's rise as a runway and billboard model. As Rafina climbs the social ladder, she is caught between two men with very different visions of Pakistan and the role of women.  Arif, a Party man, dreams of a better world through political action, but he is molded by a traditionalism that doesn't account for her dreams. Jamal, urbane and ambitious, is convinced the fashion industry can help women shed their chadors and lead Pakistan into the modern world.

The backdrop of the film is the political cauldron that is Pakistan. It’s an explosive collision between the restraints of traditionalism and the uncompromising and at times soulless impulses of modernity. The contradictions endemic to the country are visually represented by the cityscape of Karachi, where billboards urge prayers and conspicuous consumption with equal abandon.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination serves as the chaotic, angry exclamation point that punctures the surreal bubble surrounding Radiance. In it's painful aftermath, Rafina  reveals her own vision of how modernity can be humanized to inspire women to dream beyond personal ambition, and how, in those dreams, lie the best chance for change.

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Khamosh Pani / Silent Waters

Story and film: Sabiha Sumar 

Starring: Kirron Kher, Aamir Malik

Co-producers: Sachithanandam Sathananthan, Philippe Avril, Helge Albers, Claudia Tronnier

Co-production: Vidhi Films (Pakistan), Unlimited (France), Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany) in association with ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel (Germany), ARTE (Europe)

Duration: 99 minutes


The film is based on actual events that took place when British India was partitioned in 1947. It was a time of intense violence. In pre-Partition Punjab, Muslims and Sikhs had lived side by side, but during the Partition men from both sides of the religious divide slaughtered each other, looted property, and abducted women. The film is about the story of one such Sikh woman, Veero.

The story starts in 1979, in a Pakistan under President Zia-ul-Haq’s martial law, when the country embarked on its journey to Islamization. It traces the lives of Veero, her gentle, dreamy-eyed son Saleem and his young but courageous girlfriend, Zubeida. In doing so, it explores the silencing that comes with religious and political fundamentalism and seeks hope for the spirit of enquiry. As Zubeida says so memorably, “Saleem, I also pray but that does not mean I do not think.”

>"Rare...Wrenching...Gripping. Traces the roots of the radical Islamicist movement."
Ken Fox TV Guide


>"Substantial, emotionally detailed... packs a wallop."
New York Times


>"A timely look at the rise of extremism, deeply political but intensely personal."
Georgia Straight, Vancouver


>"A moving portrait of societal and religious discord that, despite its being set a quarter century ago, has resonance today. The forcefulness of its message makes it a rewarding cinematic experience."
Hollywood Reporter


>"Technically superior, intricately detailed, beautifully told human drama"
Mid Day Bombay


>".beautiful film.while fundamentalism, intolerance and terror are raging around the world, Sabiha Sumar's film shines like a glimmer of hope"
APD Presse Ocean

winner of the Golden Leopard at
the Locarno Filmfestival 2003

Director Sabiha Sumar receives the Golden Leopard


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