The 7th Vasakh film festival came to an end in Lahore Saturday with the victory of Sindh University (SU) Jamshoro as it bagged Vasakh Award on the documentary film ‘People from the unknown history’ by standing 1st in the fiesta held at the University of Education Lahore.
The festival is organized annually by Interactive Resource Centre where films from Pakistan and South Asia are screened.This year, eight universities participated in the festival which includes University of Sindh Jamshoro, the Islamia University Bahawalpur, Bahauddin Zikriya University Multan, Forman Christian (FC) College University Lahore, Fatima Jinnah College Chunamandi Lahore, National College of Arts Lahore, Punjab University Lahore and SZABIST Karachi. Films from National Institute of Design Ahmadabad India and best documentaries of south Asia were also screened in the festival. A documentary film named ‘People from the unknown history’ presented by the students of Sindh University (SU) Jamshoro got first position in the festival. Thusanother documentary film ‘religious harmony’ from Bahawalpur University got second and ‘I hope’ from Peshawar University got third position in best documentary films’ award ceremony.
On the occasion, the documentary film ‘people from the unknown history’ presented in the festival by SU students was termed as the best documentary film and Sindh University Jamshoro was given Vasakh Award which was received by Dr. Saima Shaikh and Prof. Niaz Ahmed Bhutto of dept. of sociology, University of Sindh Jamshoro.
Nisar Ahmed, Curator of the festival said that the Vasakh Award had been bestowed to ‘people from unknown history’ for depicting the struggle of men & women and the film showed the positive image of Pakistani people and was a good example of gender equity and women empowerment.
It may be noted that Vasakh Festival has been the only documentary film festival, wherein the work of university students has been showcasing for the past 6 years by the Interactive Resource Centre (IRC) in collaboration with FC College University Lahore.