September 24-25, 2022

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#GIFFXNAPA2022

Event Schedule

Presents 15 scintillating and stimulating short films from around the world. Experience storytelling with a local and international flavour, riveting panel discussions and workshops on September 24 & 25, 2022

DAY 1, September 24, 2022

Festival Start at 4PM Pakistan Time

at Zia Mohyeddin Theatre, NAPA - Karachi, Pakistan

4:00 PM

Festival Open

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Introduction & Speech

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4:20 PM - 4:30 PM
SPIDER
Jack has upset Jill. He always takes things a little too far and she doesn’t seem to appreciate his sense of humour. Surely some chocolates and a few other little gifts will help smooth things over?

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4:35 PM - 4:45 PM

BEAR

Jack who means well, but takes things just a little too far, has planned the perfect birthday surprise for his unsuspecting new girlfriend, Emelie. However, good intentions as well as plans, sometimes, can have spectacularly disastrous consequences.

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4:55 PM - 5:15 PM

THE SILENT ECHO

Four teenagers, from a remote mountain village, spend their days in an abandoned bus on a ridge, playing music. When a band competition is organized in a neighbor town, they gather money and courage to be part of it.

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5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Break

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5:30 PM - 6:50 PM

THE JOURNEY WITHIN

The Journey Within' is an award-winning music docu-film about the origin of 'Coke Studio

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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Panel Discussion hosted by NAPA
Restructuring Pakistani Film Industry

Moderator:​ Omair Alvi
Panelists: Sahiha Sumar, Khalid Anum, Faris Khalid, Ehteshamuddin 

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8:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Break

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8:20 PM - 9:00 PM

THE LETTER ROOM

When a kind-hearted prison officer (Oscar Isaac) is transferred to the letter room, he soon gets involved in an inmate's personal affairs...

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9:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Break

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9:15 PM - 10:00 PM 

Filmmaker's Session hosted by NAPA

Napa Graduates & Contemporary Pakistani Films

Moderator: Kulsoom Aftab
Guests: Misam Naqvi, Saqib Sumir, Akbar Ladhani, Vajdaan Shah, Paras Masroor, Nigel Boby

 

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10:00 PM - 10:20 PM

DEAF (Sorda)

Angela is deaf and Darío is hearing. They are a couple and have six chickens, four dogs, a vegetable garden and many communication problems. Now they are also going to have a child.

 

10:20 PM - 10:30 PM

ROBERTO

15 years have passed and Roberto is still in love with his neighbor, but she prefers to hide ashamed of her body. With his art and an old clothesline as the only ways of communication, Roberto has a plan to push his beloved for face her monsters at once.

DAY 1 END

DAY 2, September 25, 2022

Festival Start at 4PM Pakistan Time

at Zia Mohyeddin Theatre, NAPA - Karachi, Pakistan

4:00 PM

Festival Open

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4:10 PM - 4:20 PM

Announcement

 

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4:20 PM - 4:40 PM
THE HUNT

Alba, an older woman, finds an unexpected opportunity to free her dearest being from a life of suffering. After an arduous internal debate, you must decide if you will be willing to act or not, since doing so would imply facing strong consequences.

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4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

RADIO

The film is about an old man and a souvenir from his late wife RADIO. His alcoholic son earns nothing and is only dependent on the old man's pension amount. The film revolves around the family drama of the issues between the son and the father.

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5:00 PM - 5:20 PM

Haru's New Year

New year, new country, new school. Haru has a lot to adjust to in Canada let alone figuring out how to make new friends while still missing the ones she left behind in Japan. When Haru learns about her weird classmate Frances who doesn’t often appear at school, she wonders more about this mysterious person. ’Haru's New Year' is a short film about isolation, solitude, and hope in a new land.

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5:20 PM - 5:40 PM

Break

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5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Filmmaker's Session hosted by NAPA

Independent Cinema & Role of Film Festivals

Moderator: Kulsoom Aftab

Guests: Ahsan Bari, Mohsin Ali, Ali Rizvi, Omair Alavi

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6:45 PM - 7:05 PM

Break

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7:10 PM - 7:30 PM

AUGUST SKY

Lucia, a pregnant nurse in São Paulo, senses trouble in the air and an irrational fear sets in. As a result, she finds herself drawn to a local evangelical church and Nicole, one of its members.

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7:40 PM - 8:00 PM

THE HEADHUNTER'S DAUGHTER

An aspiring country singer, and July - her trusty brown horse, endures an arduous descent along the Cordilleran highlands to make it on time to the city for the audition of her dreams. Her journey leads her on a path where her indigenous identity is confronted by the unseen forces of the landscape’s colonial American past.

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8:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Break

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8:15 PM - 8:30 PM

TRUMPETS IN THE SKY

Boushra, one of the Syrian potato-picking girls in Lebanon, returns from a long day of work in the field only to learn that today her childhood will come to an end.

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8:30 PM - 8:45 PM

MONSTERS

For as long as 8-year-old Jimmy can remember, his overprotective mother has kept him safe inside their barricaded home, away from the monsters roaming outside. But Jimmy gets increasingly inquisitive, desperate to see what's out there — despite the danger.

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8:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Break

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9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

MURDER TONGUE
It is May of 1992. The state sanctioned “Operation” has put the city of Karachi at constant unrest. Abdul Aziz Ansari wakes up at night and is informed by his daughter in law, Naseema that his son hasn’t returned home. As a knock on their door later at night summons them to the hospital, what they witness along the way is known today as the most brutal chapter of the city’s history, a sentiment of hatred towards their race, deep rooted beneath the system.

9:40 PM - 10:20 PM

Q&A Session with Team Mother Tongue by GIFF
Moderator: Uzair Surhio & Kulsoom Aftab

 

Festival Ends