Visitors look at a latex russet-coloured sack designed to feel like human skin at an exhibition in Islamabad. While Pakistani artists have traditionally focused on tumultuous political and social changes they are now also engaged in self-examination, say art professors and gallery workers. (source)
Working to change the image of Islamabad and spreading a message of hope
It was the “dead city” image associated with Islamabad that Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi wanted to change when he started the “A Day in Islamabad” project.
When Zaidi, 22, looked up “Islamabad” on YouTube, the search results were mostly videos of politicians fighting on political talk shows. He decided to change that.
Over a period of three weeks, him and his friends took around 15,000 photos of Islamabad and edited them to create a time-lapse video that covered life in the federal capital over 24 hours. (Complete article)
Furthering diplomatic ties: Japanese wrestler Inoki arrives in Pakistan
Antonio Inoki, a former Japanese professional wrestler, arrived in Pakistan on late on Friday to participate in an international wrestling competition, Express News reported.
Talking to reporters at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad upon his arrival, Inoki said that he was visiting Pakistan as part of the 60-year celebrations of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan.
Expess News added that during the brief press talk, the Japanese wrestler revealed that he had accepted Islam and that his Muslim name was “Muhamamd Hussain”.
Inoki, who has previously visited Pakistan to take on late wrestler Akram, reminisced that the Japanese wrestler had managed to break the Pakistani challenger’s arm. Inoki said that he would visit the graves of late wrestlers Gama and Akram and pay his respects. (Complete news)
Children watch a pool game in progress in a slum outside of Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 24, 2012. The children and their parents fled the 2010 floods that ravaged entire villages in central Pakistan and affected over 20 million people. (Muhammed Muheisen/AP, via delucazade)
Many believe that Pakistan’s film industry is breathing its last breath. While there have been a few movies, such as Bol, that have kept us holding on, the bad news is that they are not enough to revive Pakistani cinema. Now here’s the good news: a group of young people have got together to create a movie from scratch; and it isn’t your average boy-meets-girl love story; nor does it have anything to do with terrorism or religious extremism. It’s a horror film, which (ironically) may be a light that brightens the imminent doom and gloom of the film industry.
Siyaah revolves around the use of black magic that is prevalent in our society, and the intricate web of conspiracies that stem from this practice. Produced by Imran Raza Kazmi, the film is scheduled to release this October and has many waiting in anticipation.
The Islamabad-based cast consists of Hareem Farooq, Qazi Jabbar, Mahnoor Usman, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Aslam Rana, Sofia Wanchoo Mir, Rizwana, Sarwar Salimi, and Amy Saleh — aspiring young actors that are aiming to make a mark with the release of this film. (Complete article, Official Facebook page)
The whale shark, which was found dead on February 6 in the Gora Bari area in Pakistani territory of Arabian Sea by the local fishermen, will be displayed soon at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) for the general public as an icon of biodiversity of the country. (via todayinsharknews)