NEW YORK: The second edition of Pakistan Film Festival opened in New York Saturday in the presence of some of the biggest stars of the Pakistani movie industry, with Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi saying that the films being screened during the two-day event convey the country’s energy and dynamism.
“We have organized our film festival to both acknowledge the remarkable revival of Pakistan’s cinema and to showcase and celebrate it,” the Pakistani envoy told a large and enthusiastic audience in the spacious hall of Asia Society. The Pakistan Mission to the United Nations organized the festival, as it did in 2016.
7 Din Mohabat In, Parchi, Verna and Cake drew packed houses, while on Sunday Na Band Na Baraati, Punjab Nahi Jaongi, and Lala Begum will be shown. Also on Sunday, Oscar award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy will participate in the festival’s special segment titled “Beyond the Oscars,” in which she will discuss her present and future work as well as challenges faced by Pakistan’s film industry. Her animated film, 3 Bahadur was screened during the First Film Festival in New York in December 2016. News Desk