RSA “Pakistan Calling” Programme Enters Successful Second Month

20 May

The Samosa and RSA launched the Pakistan Calling Poject in April.  The programme provided a platform for filmmakers to showcase films reflecting the links between the Briain and Pakistan: highlighting the urgent social problems and those who are attempting to tackle it. Read more about the project here.

Now as the Programme enters its second month it progress is evident. The films challenge the perceptions of today’s Pakistan and promote constructive cross-cultural dialogue between Britain and Pakistan. New films have been released and they can be viewed on the ‘Pakistan Calling’ website.

Media reviews have followed the progress of the project from the BBC, The Express Tribune, The Nation and Slugger O’Toole, and Anwar Akhtar for Channel 4 News on the Pakistan Elections as democratic landmark is reached.

The next stage of Pakistan Calling is the Balakot Project. The bridge over the Kunhar River at Balakot is a famous landmark. The older bridge was demolished in a heavy earthquake and rebuilt by the Frontier Works Organisation with help of several international and local funding agencies. The focus of the Balakot project is self-help and collaboration.

Pakistan Calling has raised significant profile and awareness in Britain of some of the most progressive, exciting and effective social projects in Pakistan. The Balakot project now takes this to the next stage. Their aim is to forge powerful, substantive connections between innovative, impactful social projects in Pakistan and groups working on similar themes and projects in cities in Britain including Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and London. The project is currently in the process of discussions with partners in both Pakistan and the UK to take this forward and want to hear from you.  If you or your organisation would like to contribute or be involved in The Balakot project email info@thesamosa.org.uk.

Zoe

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