Zu Gast | Screening + public talk
Claiming Sovereignty In Karachi
A tribute to Sabeen Mahmud (1975-2015), a Pakistani human rights activist who was shot dead in Karachi on 24 April 2015.
Screening of the documentary " The Rebel Optimist " by Mahera Omar, followed by a public talk with the parkistan Artist Bani Abidi and the Anthropologist Dr. Omar Kasmani
In March 2015, when a private university in Lahore was about to host a talk on the political crisis
in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province with a long history of separatist movements, it was
mysteriously called off at the last minute. Titled “Unsilencing Balochistan”, the event hoped to shed light on the unexplained and ongoing disappearances of more than 20,000 Baloch persons, many of them activists. In April that year, Sabeen Mahmud, founder and director of “Peace Niche” a not-for-profit organization in Karachi, invited the organisers to hold the same discussion at her Café T2F, aptly renamed Unsilencing Balochistan - Take 2. The event took place on April 24, 2015. That evening, as she drove home, she was shot dead – silenced! "The Rebel Optimist " – a film by Mahera Omar – is an intimate portrait of Perween Rahman, a Pakistani architect and urban planner known for her work with Karachi’s urban poor. She was murdered in Karachi on March 13th 2013.
Fri. 03.06 | 20:00 | Door opens/Bar 19:30 | No admission