Two Pakistani feature films won big at the first Indus Valley International Film Festival

Earning Accolades

When talking about the most finest of films that were made in Pakistan in the last few years, Moor and Motorcycle Girl are surely not the ones to skip. With their unique plot, both the feature films managed to bag awards at the first Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF). Organised by South Asia Forum for Art and Creative Heritage (SAFACH), IVIFF is South Asia’s first travelling international film festival and one of its kind in Pakistan. The event that lasted for nine days was an online event that included film screenings, panel discussions and Q&A sessions with renowned filmmakers and artists. The awards were announced on the final day. Captain of the ship, Jami Mahmood, won an award for Best Film for Moor (2015) while Motocycle Girl (2018) bagged two awards; director Adwan Sarwar received an award for Best Film on Women Empowerment and Sohai Ali Abro took the award for Best Actor (Female). Other significant films that were featured from across the border included Manto by Nandita Das and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Patakha.