The Harvard-Brown Pakistani Film Festival 2015, held from October 16 – 18, brought multiple layers of contemporary Pakistani visual culture to over 500 attendees at Harvard. The event drew packed houses for each screening, mostly comprising members of the Pakistani diaspora in New England, as well as students and faculty from Harvard and the surrounding universities. Participants included directors of contemporary Pakistani blockbusters, guerrilla filmmakers, internationally renowned scholars, and multimedia artists. Curated over a weekend of feature films, documentaries, short films, video art, panel discussions, and Q&A’s with the directors, and drawing crowds from the entire region, the event proved to be a much needed addition to New England’s cultural life.
The festival was cosponsored by SAI, the Harvard Asia Center, Brown University Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard Arts and Humanities Division, and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group.