Pakistani film on displacement seeks prize at Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah

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The Pakistani actress Amtul Baweja, starring in the short film ‘Solatia,’ is thrilled that the film has been selected for the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. ‘Solatia’ is one of only two Pakistani short films out of 14 entries in the festival’s Red Sea: Shorts Competition. Directed by Pakistani filmmaker Hira Yousafzai and co-produced by Hirra Farooqi, the film tells the story of Zamda, portrayed by Baweja, who lives in a shelter for displaced persons and longs for her missing husband while displaying strength and resilience. Baweja is excited about the opportunity to connect with filmmakers and artists from Saudi Arabia and beyond, and views the festival as a positive sign of progress in the Middle East and the Muslim world in promoting arts, culture, and representation.

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