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HOUSTON: Pakistani American film maker Tanya Panjwani won the highest International film award at the Global Community Film Festival held in Toronto, Canada. The festival lasted six days, which then culminated with an awards show to honor the films and artwork selected to be recognized by a distinguished jury.
Panjwani’s documentary was one of the awardees, and her film "Marvi: the Mystic Muse," is based on the life story of Pakistani Sufi singer Sanam Marvi. More than one hundred films were submitted to this festival, out of which 25 of them were short listed for screening. Only two films were selected for the prestigious MADA, the “Making a Difference Award.” A native of Houston, Texas, American Pakistani but living in Toronto, Canada, Panjwani was presented this award by a former Oscar winner in an intimate ceremony.
Tanya’s one-hour film focused on Sufism in Sindh and Punjab, including footage at various shrines, including those of Baba Bulleh Shah, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. Through Sufi poetry and music, the universal message of love and peace was an underlying theme of this documentary. In the words of an audience member, this was evoked effectively through various threads:
“the dexterous presentation of a host of intertwining sub-narratives was very effective: the story of Sanam the girl with a passion for singing, her nurturing relationship with her father and her family, the richness of Sufi culture and music in Sindh and Pakistan, the raw unplugged captivating talent of a female Sufi singer in Pakistan, Sanam's humility, modest beginnings and yet her dogged ambition, the real spectre of nihilism that ominously looms over the precious flower of Sufi culture and music with Sanam as one of its valiant soldiers, the matter-of-fact-ness of the richness of Pakistani culture, contemporary challenges, without being preachy about challenging stereotypes.”
Furthermore, the film aims to highlight the contextual history of the Sindh and Punjab regions in an attempt to draw attention to the long standing traditions that still continue today.
Talking to our correspondent, Tanya said that it is a great honor for her as this is her first independent production to win an award. She stated that she was compelled to tell Sanam Marvi’s story attending her live performance in Canada two years ago. Furthermore, she affirms that this film is important for people as it is an opportunity to witness and understand the message of peace and oneness of all faiths that has been delivered through Sufism for centuries. Furthermore, she expresses that she would love to highlight the lives of more artists that are keeping mystic traditions alive through music, which she believes is a great effort to challenge prevailing forms of extremism in society.
RANCHI, India: Fast bowlers Tim Southee and James Neesham ran through India´s middle order to help New Zealand to a 19-run series-levelling win in the fourth one-day international Ranchi on Wednesday.
Southee (3-40) and Neesham (2-38) shared five wickets between them to bowl out India for 241 in 48.4 overs.
Earlier opener Martin Guptill scored a gritty half-century to drive New Zealand to 260 for seven after electing to bat first.
Southee hurt India´s reply with an early wicket but Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Virat Kohli (45) put on 79 runs for the second wicket to steady the chase.
Kohli dominated his stay at the crease with two fours and a six before his innings was cut short by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi who got the star batsman caught behind.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is trying to make the number four slot his own, walked out to a rousing welcome in his hometown Ranchi.
Neesham soon swung into action with two big wickets of Rahane and Dhoni as India´s chase began to fall apart.
Rahane was setting a good pace after recording his 16th ODI half-century, but failed to convert his solid start into a big score as he was adjudged lbw to a Neesham inswinger.
Neesham got Dhoni bowled for 11 in his very next over as the crowd fell silent with the wicketkeeper-batsman once again faltering in a chasing effort after he consumed 31 deliveries.
But it was Southee´s double strike in the 33rd over of the innings that completely derailed India´s chase with the hosts slipping to 154 for six.
Southee got Manish Pandey (12) and Kedar Jadhav (0) off consecutive deliveries to be on hat-trick which was only averted by Hardik Pandya (9), who did not last long.
Axar Patel tried to infuse life into the chase with his 40-ball 38 as he looked to turn things around with Amit Mishra, who made 14, at the other end.
Mishra was run out after a mix-up while attempting a second run and Patel was bowled by Trent Boult, who took two wickets.
But the hosts did not bow out without a fight as Dhawal Kulkarni, unbeaten on 25, and Umesh Yadav put together 34 runs for the final wicket to give the Black Caps a scare.
Earlier the visitors, started off well courtesy of a 96-run opening stand between Guptill (72) and Tom Latham only to lose steam towards the end of the innings.
Leg-spinner Mishra led the bowling charge with impressive figures of 2-42.
The spinners, who were brought into the attack after the 10th over, dried up the flow of runs and Patel´s left-arm spin managed to break the stand.
Guptill went on to complete his 31st ODI half-century as he and skipper Kane Williamson tried to build momentum against a persistent bowling attack.
Guptill, who was named the man of the match, though did not make the most of a dropped chance at 62 as he fell to Pandya 10 runs later.
Mishra ended the obdurate Williamson´s stay at the crease after getting the batsman caught by Dhoni for 41.
India´s bowlers kept chipping away as the visiting batsmen found it hard to get runs in the final 15 overs, in the process losing wickets at regular intervals.
Mitchell Santner struck an unbeaten 13-ball 17 to give respectability to the New Zealand score which in the end proved just enough.
The action now shifts to Viskhapatnam for the deciding fifth and final match on Saturday.
ISLAMABAD: Reacting to Punjab Chief Minister’s press conference, Imran Khan on Wednesday said he was amused by Shahbaz Sharif's "hysterical" response to his talk to media earlier in the day.
In a string of tweets, the PTI chairman said the biggest lie of Sharif brothers was their claim they don’t lie.
The mother of all lies, he said, was that Sharif brothers made no agreement with Saudi Arabia for exile, a reference to events that took place after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was driven out of power in a military coup and led to departure of the ruling family to Saudi Arabia.
He said PTI leaders Jahangir Khan Tarin and Aleem Khan would sue Shahbaz Sharif for what he said levelling false allegations against them.
1. Was amused by Shahbaz Sharif's hysterical response to my press conf. His histrionics recalled the saying "the lady doth protest too much"— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 26, 2016
2.Biggest lie of Sharif bros is their claim that they don't lie! Exposed in: Mehran Bank scandal; Freezing of foreign currency accts;— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 26, 2016
3. The mother of all lies: That there was no agreement made with KSA for their exile there.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 26, 2016
4. For leveling false accusations ag them, JKT sued SS for libel to amt of Rs 10 b & Aleem Khan sending SS libel notice for Rs 30 b tomorrow— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 26, 2016
The Punjab Chief Minister told media that he would sue Imran Khan for levelling allegations of corruption against him. Earlier in the day, Khan said Javed Sadiq, a Canadian businessman of Pakistani origin made millions of rupees while acting as frontman of Shahbaz Sharif.
Speaking to Geo News, Javed Sadiq also rejected allegations against him and said he wished Imran Khan or his party had contacted him before accusing him of wrongdoings
First of all I would like to thank all the Pakistani Association of Australia Team and the community for all the efforts and commitment towards the cause. I am proud and happy to serve the community and will try my best to meet the expectations. Our aim is to provide the representation to both Pakis
It is my privilege and distinctive honour to represent and serve the people and Government of Pakistan in Australia. I am delighted to write this message of felicitations to the Pakistani community who is celebrating the 75th Pakistan Day in Australia with great zeal and fervour.