Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2011 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
|Project||FE Chaudhry’s Pakistan|
In [FE Chaudhry’s Pakistan], Christians and Hindus lived without fear, women rode to work on bikes and local bars served German beer. This is a film that re-imagines Pakistan through the images and words of Faustin Elmer Chaudhry, a 102-year-old Pakistani Christian photojournalist. Be it in the process of ‘Islamisation’ of Lahore’s public spaces by municipal authorities in the 1950s, the machinations of military dictators of the 1960-70s, or the struggles of the Christian minority in an Islamic State, Chaudhry’s iconic photographs and his detailed ‘back-stories’ to these photographs help us piece together the story of his life and the life of Pakistan.
In a country where history has always been subject to a state-sponsored ‘ideology,’ FE Chaudhry’s images tell of a story that has been missing from Pakistani textbooks. These stories are significant as they offer us an alternative perspective on Pakistan’s political history, as ‘small’ events are usually erased from ‘big’ histories. In this work, the story of a 102-year-old Christian photojournalist, his archive of memories and history is priceless and elicits an urgent documentation. Moreover, there has never been a more pressing need to put on record the enormous contribution of the Christian community to the making of Pakistan through figures such as FE Chaudhry.