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Film “Manto” Presenting the Factual Image of Pakistan

The Pakistan Embassy in Berlin hosts a screening of Pakistani film, ‘Manto’, to promote Pakistani culture

October 14th, 2016
Min-ni Wu, News from Berlin

On September 30th the Pakistan Embassy in Berlin hosted a screening of a Pakistani film at the Babylon Berlin, to promote Pakistani art and culture and to present an accurate image of Pakistan to the German public.

The event was the first of its kind for the embassy in Berlin and included a screening of the Pakistani film, “Manto,” with subtitles in English, and a ceremony in which Mr. Sarmad Sultan Khosat, the Pride of Performance award winning director/actor, was invited to give a speech. Diplomats, German intelligentsia and opinion-makers, Pakistani diaspora, students and media all came to enjoy the film and the Pakistani food, which was served to the audience alongside the film.

H.E. Amb. Jauhar Saleem, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany, held a speech highlighting the importance of art and culture in Pakistan, as they present Pakistan in a different light and attract a diverse audience.

“Manto,” released nationwide in Pakistan in 2015, is a story about humanity. Based on the life of Saadat Hasan Manto, the legendary Urdu writer who challenged existing social values and attitudes with his controversial short stories, it describes struggles and moments of love in the final four and a half years of Manto’s life. The film portrays a man driven into despair while judging the established social values against a backdrop of strong bonds of blood and love in Pakistani society.

Apart from learning more about the life of the Manto, the audience could also experience everyday life in Pakistan, along with great Pakistani music.


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