Human Rights Through Cinematography festival: ‘Reel Injun’

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad hosted the screening of ‘Reel Injun’ on 27 November in the auditorium of ILO Building in Islamabad. In this feature-length documentary, Aboriginal Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American indigenous peoples in a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian.” Continue reading

Human Rights Through Cinematography festival: ‘Kabul Cards’

The Embassy of Switzerland in Islamabad screened ‘Kabul Cards,’ on 26 November. As the name suggests, this film is set in the Afghan capital Kabul and gives a glimpse of women’s lives in Afghanistan.

‘Kabul Cards,’ created after three years of filming and production, shows the everyday lives of three young Afghan women who live in Kabul and are active members of civil society. The film reflects the many challenges faced by these three women and how they, together with their friends and supporters, contribute to change. Despite the many difficulties encountered in their daily lives, these young women still have big hopes regarding the future of their country and are  working hard for a better Afghanistan.

The audience at the Embassy of Switzerland were thrilled to find Sakina Sadaf, co-director of the film, among them. Sakina specially came from Kabul to talk about her film and share her experiences as an Afghan woman. Later, she took questions from the audience.

Human Rights Through Cinematography festival: ‘Lebanon Wins the World Cup’

We often talk of sports having the power to build bridges between the people and bring them closer. We have examples in the world today where sports have been used as a diplomatic tool.

Lebanon Wins the World cup is a film which explores the power of sports to bring about reconciliation. It tells the true story of two former enemies from the Lebanese civil war who prepare to support their favourite team Brazil. On the eve of 2014 FIFA World Cup, it turns out that football brings the two men together and unites them in spite of strong political differences. Continue reading

Human Rights Through Cinematography festival opens at Islamabad Club

With the screening of Nadia’s Journey at the Islamabad Club, the film festival titled “Human Rights through Cinematography” officially opened on November 26, 2016.

A compelling film on the sensitive topic of forced marriages, Nadia’s Journey engaged the audience in a discussion on why girls were not given the right to choose the person they wanted to marry and spend their life with. Continue reading

“We the Peoples, We the Arts” exhibition opened for public

“We the Peoples, We the Arts” exhibition was inaugurated at Satrang Gallery in Serena following a week of exhibition at the Swiss Ambassador’s residence in Islamabad, where it was first officially opened for a select audience. Switzerland’s Assistant State Secretary for Asia Pacific at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Johannes Matyassy formally inaugurated the exhibition at Serana, which comprises 23 art pieces created by Pakistani students and will be open for public.

To mark the 50th year of its engagement in Pakistan, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation joined forces with United Nations Information Centre to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pakistan through visual arts. Young artists studying at five art schools of Pakistan participated in a competition to highlight the SDG on “zero hunger” in categories of sculpture, painting and miniature painting. A total of 64 art pieces were received for this competition out of which 23 were selection for the final exhibition, which aims to provide Pakistani students a unique opportunity to gain visibility at the international level.

UN Wall unveiled at GSIS School and College

Director UNIC Vittorio Cammarota unveiled a UN Wall at the Global System of Integrated Studies (GSIS) School and College in Islamabad. Painted by primary school students, the wall had messages like “We want Peace” and “Freedom for All”.

The wall was inaugurated at the opening ceremony of the 8th Annual Global Model United Nation 2016 (GMUN’16), which was held at GSIS. By participating in Model United Nations, students learn about debate, dialogue and diplomacy.

The UN Wall Campaign has been specially designed for young people of Pakistan and aims at gaining their support for disseminating the values of the United Nations in their schools and universities. The campaign offers a unique opportunity for the youth to showcase a positive image of their country through active engagement in creating awareness about core values of UN.

We the Peoples, We the Arts: Award Ceremony

An international jury announced awards for the winners of an art competition on “zero hunger” at the residence of Swiss Ambassador in Islamabad. Tooba Ashraf (NCA Lahore) was declared winner in the ‘painting’ division. Haseeb Ullah Zafar (NCA Lahore) made the winning sculpture while Gina Gul (Karachi University) won the award for the miniature painting. The competition named ‘We the Peoples, We the Arts’ was organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Embassy of Switzerland in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre to highlight SDG #2 on “zero hunger” . For the competition, students from the National College of Arts Rawalpindi, Department of Art and Design at the University of Peshawar, National College of Arts (NCA) Lahore, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, and the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Karachi were invited to develop sculptures, miniature paintings and paintings on the theme of “zero hunger” Sustainable Development Goal #2. A jury comprising Swiss and international art experts, the Embassy of Switzerland and the United Nations selected a winner for each category. A total of 64 art pieces were received for this competition out of which 23 were selection for the final exhibition, which aims to provide Pakistani students a unique opportunity to gain visibility at the international level.

International jury selects winners of art competition

A jury comprising international art experts, the Embassy of Switzerland and the United Nations selected winners of “We the Peoples, We the Arts” competition.

Alexie Glass-Cantor, Executive Director of Artspace Sydney and Curator of Encounters Art Basel Hong Kong, chaired the jury. Priyanka Mathew, Principal Partner at Sunderlande New York and former Regional Head of Sotheby’s India , Marc P. George, Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan, and Vittorio Cammarota, Director UNIC were part of the jury. Continue reading

International art experts give lectures at Pakistan’s art schools

As part of “We the Peoples, We the Arts” initiative, United Nations Information Centre in collaboration with the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC), organised lectures by international experts at three leading arts schools of Pakistan.

The lectures were delivered by Alexie Glass-Cantor, Executive Director of Artspace Sydney and Curator of Encounters Art Basel Hong Kong, and Priyanka Mathew, Principal Partner at Sunderlande New York and former Regional Head of Sotheby’s India at the National Colleges of Arts in Lahore and Rawalpindi, and the Department of Art and Design at the University of Peshawar. Continue reading

UN Wall at the University of Peshawar

A UN Wall was inaugurated at the Department and Art and Design, University of Peshawar. The students painted a powerful mural in different hues of blue to highlight the message, “Anything violence can do, peace can do better.”

Vittorio Cammarota, Director UNIC, Stefanie Burri, Head of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and Priyanka Mathew, jury member of “We the Peoples, We the Arts” competition, inaugurated the wall.

The UN Wall Campaign is an initiative that aims to engage the youth of Pakistan and promote values of the UN through wall-chalking.