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Alumni Film Festival: Blue

Date: 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT October 7

Homecoming @Home Presents:

Alumni Film Festival: Blue
Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT), Virtual screening followed by Q&A

Join us for a special virtual screening of the short film, Blue, with Director Danial Afzal ’13.

Whispers and rumors overwhelm a neighborhood after Jamila’s 10-year-old daughter’s rape video goes viral. Based on a BBC News report by Amber Shamsi, “How a rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan”.

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Note: This film has potentially triggering content around sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

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To watch the trailer for Blue, click here.

Director Statement:
Murder of Zainab Ansari, a 6-year-old girl, brought ‘Pakistan’ out on the streets. The chants of ‘Rape’ ‘Bachi’ (adolescent girl) ‘Ziyati’ (abuse) became troublesome to a point where people felt the environment was unsafe for their children. My question from the get go was ‘why now?’. This has been going on in Pakistan for a long time and Kasur, the city itself, was infamous for it. That being said, this film is dedicated to all those women who’ve been judged and hushed for being victims of rape.

Danial K. Afzal graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Rhetoric & Media Studies. He started his media career while attending Lewis & Clark with internships at Fox News and ABC. Danial returned to Pakistan in 2014 and joined PTV World as a Sports Anchor during which he hosted a show on the FIFA 2014 World Cup. He landed the role as anchor of the full fledged show The Young World, which covers youth-related issues in Pakistan. Since 2016, Afzal immersed himself completely in film-making and has bagged numerous laurels for his award-winning short documentary, The Survivor. He was born in Pakistan. His father and grandfather served as high-ranking officers in the Pakistan Military.

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