Lahore, September 19, 2019: “Knitted Beliefs”, a Pakistani short documentary film on interfaith harmony, has been screened at as many as 14 film festivals across the globe and has bagged three local and international awards and two nominations since its global release in 2018.
The 15-minute documentary by filmmaker Salman Alam Khan brings to light a unique and heartwarming reality of interfaith harmony in Pakistan through the story of a small neighborhood in Karachi, called Narayanpura, where Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims have all been living together in peace and harmony for several decades. The film was produced and first released in collaboration with Sikhlens at The World’s Premier Sikh Film Festival held in the USA on November 2018.
Since then, the film has bagged two international awards for the “Best Documentary” at Buddha International Film Festival 2019 and the Lake View International Film Festival (May 2019) in India. It has also won the prize for the “3rd Best Documentary” at PTV’s Green Belief Film Festival and was aired nationwide on PTV.
Moreover, the film has been screened at international film festivals in various countries across the world, including the USA, Canada, India, Pakistan, Italy, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, and Portugal. In total, it has been screened at 16 film festivals so far and there are more upcoming international screenings in the pipeline.
Filmmaker Alam says that he wanted to focus on this community to set it as an example for others to follow. “In Pakistan, you witness a lot of mainstream religious intolerance. Minorities often face discrimination and have faced targeted violence. The film aims to show how acceptance of others’ beliefs comes from the inside, and if this one community can survive in harmony alongside each other for decades, then others can too,” he added.
Watch the trailer of the film here: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/70604b_164b8540452246e583d64988b4e76734/1080p/mp4/file.mp4
The 14 Festivals
International Film Festival of South Asia IFFSA, Toronto
Pune Short Film Festival, India
Sikhlens Arte and Film Festival SAFF, California, USA
Lake View International Film Festival, Mohali, India
Starzplay Short Film Competition SSFC, Pakistan
PTV National Film Festival, Pakistan
Whakapapa Film Festival, Italy
Lisbon Film Rendezvous, Portugal
The Buddha International Film Festival, India
Zeromm Youth Film Festival South Asia, Pakistan
Religion Today Film Festival, Italy
Bahari Film Festival, Indonesia
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Australia
JISFF Joinville International Short Film Festival, Brazil