The last word objective, the top of success for many filmmakers is scooping up an Oscar.
Aspiring Pakistani director and cinematographer Shahnawaz Zali appears to be getting a headstart on that; Zali’s documentary one hundred Steps – Sou Qadam has been nominated for the Greatest Movie (within the narrative class) for the forty third Scholar Academy Awards.
An Oscar winner herself, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy took to Twitter to share the excellent news and congratulate Shahnawaz.
Sou Qadam, made in 2015, chronicles the lifetime of a younger boy who will get dragged into the world of suicide bombings.
Speaking to Pictures, the budding filmmaker reveals, “As a narrative-teller I needed to create a movie, which was a psychological thriller that finally helps defeat the stereotypical position of Pakistani’s portrayed within the media everywhere in the globe.”
“My college gave me an $eight,000 grand to show my concept into actuality. With a gaggle of buddies, we arrange a crew and commenced filming.”
“I selected this topic as a result of this stuff exist and it is occurring throughout us. I consider that for a nation to progress, we should first acknowledge and settle for the very fact that there’s a drawback. As soon as the issue is recognized, we will then all work towards fixing it.”
A nonetheless from Sau Qadam
The Northwestern College (Qatar campus) graduate, Shahnawaz provides, “It is a movie about innocence and bravado, hopelessly entwined within the protagonist, who’s brainwashed into doing issues he did not need to do. The objective was to right the misunderstanding of how the world views Pakistan and its individuals. We’re a valiant nation, with lots of tales, and that is only a small one.”
So what’s subsequent within the pipeline for him?
“Personalities similar to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Bilal Lashari, Shaan, Humayun Saeed, Jami, Nasir Khan have constructed and nurtured this superb platform for us and I need to work in the direction of contributing to it; I am aiming to work on function movies, commercials and tv subsequent.”
“I additionally plan on opening a manufacturing home quickly that may all the time have its doorways open to anybody who needs to debate concepts, scripts or their work.”
Shahnawaz on the Chicago South Asian Movie Pageant 2014
“I need to take away this barrier that limits younger Pakistanis to create excessive-high quality manufacturing. I’ve personally met with numerous aspiring Pakistani filmmakers in the previous few weeks and I plan on assembly extra as I need to create this tradition right here the place everybody can simply stroll in and share their concepts and be part of our group. I might welcome anybody who needs to create content material to hitch me and work towards taking Pakistan ahead with its tales,” divulges the hopeful 23-yr-previous.
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