Filmmaker Ayesha Khan to offer alternate view of Pakistan

Filmmaker Ayesha Khan, who has been called a bright new voice in Pakistan’s burgeoning film industry, will discuss the documentary “Made in Pakistan” as part of a three-day campus residency for the Caravanserai cultural engagement program.

Khan will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Campus Center auditorium. She plans to provide insights into a country she said is shrouded by misconceptions.

“Whenever I see coverage of Pakistan on foreign news channels, it’s an extremely narrow representation of our people,” Khan said. “The Pakistan they cover is only part of the story.”

Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the South Asian International Film Festival, “Made in Pakistan” counters those impressions by following the daily lives of four young urbanites—a magazine editor, a fashion event planner, a lawyer and a politician—living and working in contemporary Karachi.

The 60-minute film will be screened prior to the talk at 3, 4:10 and 5:20 p.m. in Room 208 of the Campus Center. A reception with the filmmaker in Room 114 of the Campus Center will follow Khan’s evening presentation.

Community activities

This free public program is part of “Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet,” a cultural engagement initiative of Arts Midwest, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The college’s Artswego series is one of five arts presenters across the United States selected to host Caravanserai events during 2011-12.

During her Feb. 13-15 residency, Khan will participate in a variety of campus and community activities. In addition to her film talk on Monday evening, she will speak on “Women Transcending Boundaries” for the Ernst & Young Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Campus Center auditorium.

A study guide and the film trailer for “Made in Pakistan” are available at

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(Posted: Feb 01, 2012)

Tags: caravanserai, artswego