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Pakistani short film about a climate activist in Dir wins first prize at Girls Impact the World Film Festival

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Pakistani short film about a climate activist in Dir wins first prize at Girls Impact the World Film Festival

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A student at Manfield College Oxford University, Sarah’s film Passoon (پاسون) is a short film based on a young climate activist in Dir, Pakistan named Manal Shad, and it has won the first prize at Girls Impact the World Film Festival.

Talking to Dawn News, Sarah talks about how she discovered Manal through a video and how she instantly knew she wanted to make a film on her.

“I immediately knew I wanted to get in touch with her, and once I managed to find her in Dir, I spent some days at her home and visited her school where I filmed Passoon. Seeing the impact individuals such as Greta Thunberg have had, I felt it was equally important to amplify the voices of young climate activists from developing countries such as Pakistan.”

Passoon means to rise for a cause. The short film documents indigenous and innovative sustainability methods from Pakistan and celebrates the leadership of young, Pakistani women.

Also read: Pakistan’s Diriliş Ertuğrul craze, Explained

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