Human Rights Through Cinematography festival: ‘Call Me Dad’

Domestic violence affects millions of families around the world and leaves deep scars on the psyche of victims, especially children. An Australian documentary shows one of the ways in which this problem could be addressed.

‘Call Me Dad’ is a film about fathers with broken families whose children are gone. Now, through a men’s program, they each have the chance to regain what’s lost, to transform himself and earn another shot at the title, ‘Dad’.

The film was screened at the United Nations Information Centre Islamabad with the support of the Australian High Commission on November 29.

Following the screening, Waqas Rafique, Communications Officer at UN FAO, moderated a panel discussion which explored different dimensions of this problem. Samar Minallah Khan, anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Jamshed Kazi, Country Representative of UN Women and Cris Munduate, Deputy Representative of UNICEF, shared their observations and experiences and touched upon possible solutions as well.

The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson spoke about how Australia was dealing with domestic violence and also took questions from the audience.