Published On: Tue, Aug 25th, 2015

Pakistani documentary is breaking barriers, showcases Pakistan’s hidden image

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Pakistan is a country that has been put through the ultimate test when it comes to public perception. It has been labelled for a long time as the “world’s most dangerous country”, but that’s not the country’s true side. One young team of men and women wanted to change the way this country is perceived and wanted to do that the only way they knew how- make a documentary, and that’s what they did.

Sheraz and his team  in front of the Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore during their shooting of the film

Sheraz and his team in front of the Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore during their shooting of the film

Sheraz Ali Khan the man behind the vision for the documentary wanted to make something ground breaking and truly different than what Pakistan is shown as. I have personally known him for the past several years from his humble beginnings as a social activist to now making his own documentary entitled “Discovering Pakistan- The Unexplored Frontier”  

Sheraz has participated in a number of youth leadership conferences around the world and has to travelled to more than 23 countries in 5 different continents. After having that exposure and an interest in global affairs, Sheraz along with his friends decided to explore his own homeland.

He felt the need that Pakistan’s soft side should be portrayed on the international media, and thus took an initiative of making a documentary on Pakistan. He along with his group of “Pakistani Youth Organization” runs a school for the needy children in the city of Karachi called “Tauseef Memorial School”.

‘Discovering Pakistan-The Unexplored Frontier’ is a travel documentary about the hidden image of Pakistan, which was made by the team of the Canadian and the Pakistani chapter of Pakistani Youth Organization(PYO) in summer of 2011.

 

A photograph of Sabieh Ul Hasan being interviewed on the documentary.

A photograph of Sabieh Ul Hasan being interviewed on the documentary.

In this documentary, they travelled from the southern city of Karachi all the way to the North to showcase the beauty of the northern areas, the rich culture and values, and at the same time the hospitality of the Pakistani people. They were accompanied by two foreigners in this trip, a Canadian and another young traveller from France, both of whom were interested to explore the hidden treasures of Pakistan with them.

These are the links for Part 1 and Part 2 of “Discovering Pakistan- The Unexplored Frontier” 

Part 1:

 

Part 2:

 

Sheraz and team horse back riding in Northern Pakistan

Sheraz and his team horse back riding in Northern Pakistan

Sheraz and his team from PYO have spent many years for the planning of this documentary to be made and it took a total time of 4 weeks of ground work and then 7-8 months for the documentary to be completed and final editing.

This was done purely by passion to show Pakistan’s true colours. It is truly breaking barriers. This is not only the success of PYO as they made a school for the needy in Karachi called “Tauseef Memorial School”

 

For more info about  Discovering Pakistan- the Unexplored Frontier, click here.

 

 

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