Screening of ‘The Mermaid of Churna Island”

Screening of ‘The Mermaid of Churna Island”. by Nameera Ahmed
at the British Council, Karachi,  May 6, 2017

I was invited to screen my film “The Mermaid of Churna Island” (2014) at the British Council, Karachi. The film is the story of Rosheen Khan, Pakistan’s first and only female scuba diving instructor, and highlights the struggles of a woman of courage who dares to live her dream.

We were lucky to have Rosheen with us in Karachi and join us in the post-screening and Q&A session, along with Nameera, and Aziz Sohail of the British Council. 

The screening of ‘The Mermaid of Churna Island”

The screening of ‘The Mermaid of Churna Island”

The screening of ‘The Mermaid of Churna Island”

The screening of ‘The Mermaid of Churna Island”

Aziz Sohail (British Council), Rosheen Khan, and Nameera Ahmed in discussion

Rosheen narrating her anecdotes

Rosheen narrating her anecdotes

Discussion after the screening

Discussion after the screening

Rosheen interacting with the audience


Rosheen interacting with the audience

Greatness in Diversity Festival Lok Virsa Museum, Islamabad, Pakistan By Nameera Ahmed

Greatness in Diversity Festival

Lok Virsa Museum, Islamabad, Pakistan

By Nameera Ahmed

April 2017

A two-day seminar ‘Greatness in Diversity’ was held to celebrate the heterogeneous culture of Pakistan, alongside the 10-day long Lok Virsa Mela, a festival showcasing folk cultural heritage from all regions of Pakistan.

Speakers, musicians, dancers from Pakistan along with museum experts from the Smithsonian Institute Washington D.C. also participated.

The Mermaid of Churna Island

“The Mermaid of Churna Island”

Video Format: Full Colour, HD 

Duration: 21 minutes

Languages: Urdu & English with English subtitles

Directed and Produced by Nameera Ahmed

2014

Synopsis

This is the story of Rosheen Khan, Pakistan’s first and only female SCUBA diving instructor, who overcame many hurdles in her young life to arrive where she is now. Rosheen comes from a conservative family background where even getting an education for a girl is a struggle. She met Yousuf Ali, a Master Instructor in Karachi, who propelled her down a path she could never have imagined, taking her on a scuba diving career from where she never looked back. With interviews also of her colleagues, both her male and female students, and Yousuf Ali, the film reveals startling elements not only from her scuba career, but from her personal life, telling the story of a woman of courage who dares to live her dream. 

Directed and narrated by Nameera Ahmed, both Rosheen’s scuba student, and a practicing documentary filmmaker in Karachi, this film is shot both on land and underwater by Nameera. It is a very personal account and a subjective response to women’s empowerment in her society, which she gives meaning to through Rosheen’s life. As the film progresses, it peels off layers of meaning, and takes the audience deeper into a poetic inquiry into life, death, desire, and longing.

You can watch "Mermaid of Churna Island" here.

International Screenings of “The Mermaid of Churna Island”:

Pakistan International Documentary Film Festival, Islamabad  2016

Scuba Adventures Diving Club, Karachi  2016    

ASPTT Club de Plongée, Saint-Étienne, France  2016

Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, October  2015

Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Seattle, November 2015

Alliance Francaise de Karachi, June   2015

Screening Programme “The Mermaid and Other Water Stories”

I Am Karachi Film Festival, Karachi, June  2015

Bosphorous Univeristy, Istanbul, November  2014

Public screening and discussion:

Smith College, Northampton, MA, October   2014

Global Salon screenings and discussion:

UCLA, Los Angeles, Department of Art History, October  2014

Screening and discussion with students and faculty:

Human Rights Film Festival,

Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, October 2014

School of Communications, American University, Washington D.C. October 2014

The Hill Center, Washington D.C., October  2014

Panel Discussion with Women in Film and Video (WIFV),  with Nameera Ahmed, Beth Mendelson, and Frances Hardin

The Blue Planet Scuba Dive Center, Washington D.C., October  2014

You can watch "Mermaid of Churna Island" here.

Production on the film “SIUT: A Replicable Model”

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Production on the film
“SIUT: A Replicable Model”
A film by Nameera Ahmed

Dr. Adib Hasan Rizvi, SIUT, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Adib Hasan Rizvi, SIUT, Karachi, Pakistan

Year: 2016
Language/s: Urdu and English with English subtitles
Production: Pakistan

This is a documentary film showcasing the exemplary model of the most reputed hospital in the South Asian region, the SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation). Treating more than a million patients a year, this hospital provides specialized medical care to the people suffering from kidney, liver, related cancers, and provides ethical transplant procedures completely free of cost.

Set up 40 years ago, by Dr. Adib Hasan Rizvi in Karachi Pakistan, this hospital is a role-model institution of government and community partnership, and continues to grow year by year. With an average of 12 kidney transplants per week, the institute is one of the largest living donor transplant centers in the world, and with more than 750 dialysis sessions every day, it is amongst one of the largest dialysis centers in the world.

Behind the scenes filming the documentary: "SIUT: A Replicable Model"

Behind the scenes filming the documentary: "SIUT: A Replicable Model"