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Commemorating the Democratic Students Federation

Thursday, 30th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for film screenings on the 1950’s student movement, followed by a conversation with Beena Sarwar, Sharjil Baloch, and Sehba Sarwar

‘Aur Niklayn Gay Ushshaaq Kay Qaaflay’

DSFThis documentary uncovers the story of the Democratic Students Federation formed by students at Dow Medical College in 1949. Led by Mohammad Sarwar, DSF initiated an Inter Collegiate Body comprising units in Karachi colleges and put together a list of education-related demands for the government’s attention. The government’s refusal to meet them led to a call by the ICB and DSF for observe Demands Day on Jan 7, 1953. The High School Students Federation actively supported them. Police firing that day killed several students and passers-by, catalysing the DSF into a nation-wide movement for students’ rights. It brought together students across political, ethnic and religious divides – until it was banned, following the Pakistan government’s signing of the Baghdad Pact in 1954. Although short-lived, DSF had a huge impact and continues to inspire progressive forces in Pakistan.

About Sharjil Baloch

Sharjeel BalochSharjil Baloch grew up in Pakistan’s western-most province Balochistan, attending schools in remote areas where his father was posted as an irrigation official. He qualified as a medical doctor from Bolan Medical College in Quetta but shortly afterwards, decided to follow his real passion, filmmaking. He has directed several documentaries and plays since 2001. He also acts, writes, plays the flute and paints. He currently works with the BBC in Karachi as a video producer.

About Beena Sarwar

Beena SarwarBeena Sarwar is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has a degree in Studio Art and Literature (Brown University 1986) but an internship at the Karachi evening paper, The Star, left her addicted to journalism. She has held senior editorial positions at various publications. After obtaining a Masters in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2001), she has produced and directed several documentaries and news reports. She was part of Geo TV’s launch team in 2002 and currently works with Aman ki Asha, a peace initiative of the Jang Group and the Times of India.


Sehba SarwarDissent/Descent is a short documentary on an event organised by Voices Breaking Boundaries and Sehba Sarwar in Houston.

About Sehba Sarwar

Sehba Sarwar (VBB Founding/Artistic Director) is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and activist. Her published works include a novel (Black Wings), and essays, short stories, and poems (in journals, anthologies, and newspapers including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Callaloo and Asia). She has been visualizing and producing VBB shows for ten years, and she produces VBB’s living room art productions.

Date: Thursday, 30th December, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

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2 Responses so far…

  1. ish madhu talwar

    pl accept my good wishes for the success of show…regards

  2. Aamir Fazil

    Looks Nice … will attend …….and I think will post comments after attending ,,, I think thats fair

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