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    Pakistan is will be showing its first digital movie called "The long Night." Its written by the bbc Urdu correspondent in Karachi, and examines Karachis underworld...I think this might be a sign that Pakistan film industry is maturing, finally stepping out of the Bolly/Hollywood mold. They will be showing it in Manchester at the Comman wealth film festival... Intial response to the movie seems to be positive http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/ent...00/2083932.stm

    Delving into the dark underbelly of the city of
    Karachi, The Long Night is Pakistan's first
    digital feature film.

    The story provides glimpses into modern day
    Pakistan and shows what happens when a rich
    office worker takes a wrong turn into the
    hostile world of Karachi at night.

    Shown at this year's Commonwealth Film
    Festival, in Manchester, the film was written
    by BBC World Service journalist, Mohammed
    Hanif.

    In an interview for BBC News Online, he
    explained how he aimed "to go beyond the
    headlines and celebrate the city".

    Digital departure

    Filmed entirely at night, The Long Night (Raat
    Chali Hai Jhoom Ke) has been described by
    critics as "beautifully shot" and "streets ahead
    of the industry's staple fare".

    Lollywood, Lahore's
    answer to Bollywood,
    has a reputation for
    producing 35mm,
    three-hour long films,
    based on Hollywood
    themes.

    However, in a new
    departure this film was
    made digitally and
    lasts just 94 minutes.

    "Hardly any film's come
    out of Pakistan," Hanif
    explained.

    "What we are trying to do is to provide a
    window rarely seen in Pakistani films and not at
    all outside of the country."

    Reality

    Combining well known actors with new faces,
    Hanif and first time film director, Hasan Zaidi,
    created a tale that tells of what happens when
    two diametrically-opposed worlds collide.

    Waleed, a successful businessman is tempted
    to visit a woman in a shady area of town.

    Against his better judgement, late one night he
    travels to suburban Malir where he experiences
    the realities of a Karachi that he barely knew
    existed.

    Describing the
    cosmopolitan central
    character, Hanif
    explained: "This man
    was more likely to
    know about what
    happened in New York
    or London, rather than
    what happened in his
    own city.

    "He may have read
    about violent turf wars
    in the news papers,
    but this shows what
    can happen when you take a wrong turn into
    another world."

    As a journalist, Hanif has lived and worked in
    the southern city of Karachi. Having written
    and produced plays for radio, his current day
    job finds him writing for the BBC's Urdu service
    in London.

    "I write impartial and objective reports for
    eight hours a day," he explained.

    "But with storytelling I don't need to be
    objective. I write about places and characters
    that I know intimately; it's a good release."

    Reaction

    Eagerly anticipating reviews from the film's UK
    screening, Hanif explained how problems of
    censorship have prevented the film from being
    released nationally in Pakistan.

    Reaching a limited audience at local Pakistani
    arts festivals, the writer explained how, with
    some trepidation, he watched the audience's
    reaction.

    He is confident that "despite being localised,"
    the story will now "transcend".

    "I was worried in case people didn't laugh at
    my jokes, but luckily they did," he explained.

    "I was also pleased when it generated a
    discussion about the divided nature of the city
    and how it should be represented."

    The Commonwealth Film Festival is held in
    Manchester from 28 June to 7 July.



    #2
    Many thanks to Hanif and Zaidi for bringing First film to commonwealth filmfare festival.thats all we need " young Blood" in all section of life.either its politics,religion,senators or ministers.

    God Bless Pakistan

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      #3
      Im really looking foward to seeing it...Just not sure whee to find it as yet.

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