Kara Bichara!

One of the most associated words with our city Karachi is uncertainty. The same has become true for the Kara Film Festival. It is getting postponed since 2007, then was scheduled for 2008, after which organizers had to postpone it even further till February 2009, all because of the instability in the country. Now the festival which is scheduled from 4th to 15th February 2009 is again in trouble. Major sponsors have backed out of the festival because of the recession. Till now, they have only one of the venues that is Arts Council and because of lack of funds, are not able to book PIIA which was also in the list before. The organizers are trying some serious fund raising through their facebook group.

Kara Film Festival has always been into controversy from issues ranging from lack of management, over influx of Indian films and stars to favoritism. Whatever the case may be, it has been one of the important platforms helping in improve the cultural scene by promoting independent cinema but yes organizers need to streamline and take their efforts way forward to subsequently increase its access.

I personally wish Kara Film Festival good luck because I want to see more local stuff on a relatively large screen. Those who can help with funds do so more. I guess they would organize the event any how so moreover at least support them by going there and giving yourself some entertainment. Remember culture displays a nation’s core and revives its spirit.

3 Comments so far

  1. faylasuf on January 23rd, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    any idea bout the tickets
    avlblty n price tag??

  2. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on January 23rd, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

    As soon as the schedule and films are final, the info about tickets will there on their website and facebook group. http://www.karafilmfest.com

    Most of the tickets can be purchased there and then, especially if you are going for short films and documentaries.

  3. moizkazmi on January 26th, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    Our sponsors whining about recession, our venue lost more cause of security reasons then finances, not enough man power….

    So does this mean we are not going to have the Festival? No. A thousand times no! We have seen what the Festival is capable of achieving. We have seen how the Festival has revitalized a cinema culture in Pakistan, built bridges between Pakistani and international filmmakers, initiated an environment of debate and inter-cultural tolerance, and encouraged creativity especially among the youth. And we have given too much of our lives and have too many hopes for it to let it die. We intend to go through with the Festival on the scheduled dates (Feb 4-15) even if it means we have to drastically scale back the Festival and its activities, cut down on venues and film screenings, and apologize to invited guests for being unable to bring them to Karachi. We will have the Festival regardless but how much of it we can pull off depends entirely on how much we can afford. We intend to carry on against all the odds.

    If you would like to contribute, you can:

    1. Make a cash or cheque donation directly at the KaraFilm Festival offices:
    Indieville Level 2, 14-C Khayaban-e-Bokhari, DHA Phase 6, Karachi 75400, Pakistan.
    Tel: +92-21-5344477; Fax: +92-21-5345954

    2. Wire Transfer your contribution to:
    KaraFilm Society
    Account No. 145101010008673 / Muslim Commercial Bank
    Khayaban-e-Saadi Branch (Branch Code 1451)
    Clifton, Karachi 75600, Pakistan.
    Swift Code: MUCBPKKA

    (Please do email us at karafilm.festival@gmail.com or fax us to let us know so we may verify with the bank)

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