Pakistan Calling

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Pakistan Calling is a platform for films showing links between civil and cultural organisations and communities in Pakistan and the UK. These films explore some of the many pressing social problems faced by Pakistan and shine a light on, and support, some of the inspiring stories of people and organisations tackling these issues. Pakistan Calling builds on a project run by the RSA and The Samosa in 2011. The project aims to build community trust in UK, and to support the creativity and energy of the British Pakistani diaspora and others working between Britain and Pakistan. Read more about Pakistan Calling.

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Driving Life – The Ambulance Drivers of Karachi

A candid view of life in Karachi, by some of its bravest public servants, its ambulance drivers.

Are we Different? Luton 6th Form college students speak out

Oliver Perry, decided to interviews British Pakistan students at Luton Sixth Form College, to find out if they different from other students including himself.

A day with the bus drivers of Karachi

What would you do if you were Mayor of Karachi? We ask the bus drivers of Karachi.

Kashmir: Peace Making Across the Line of Control

Anwar Akhtar interviews film makers from both sides of Kashmir.

Leyton Sixth Form College meets Abbas Nasir

Karachi born Abbas Nasir worked as senior journalist for the BBC and in Pakistan. Leyton 6th form students ask him tough questions about Pakistan today.

Pakistan's Untouchables: The Christian sweeper community

The social, racial discrimination, violence and persecution faced by Christian communities of Lahore

Jon Snow - Pakistan in the media, are we getting the full picture?

Jon snow talks candidly to Suzanne Wakefield of London Metropolitan University about how Pakistan is portrayed and covered in the media.

I Am Agha

A powerful and touching portrait of a day in the life of a child who lives on the street, collecting rubbish to survive.

Supporting Pakistan's Young Social Entrepreneurs

Invest2Innovate supports young entrepreneurs in social enterprise in Pakistan.

Straight Talking British Pakistanis

Luton Sixth Form College students on culture, race, religion identity and culture

Why Pakistan Calling - Matthew Taylor and Anwar Akhtar

Mathew Taylor, Chief Executive of The RSA, and Anwar Akhtar, Director of The Samosa, describe the thinking, aims and ambitions behind Pakistan Calling.

Facilitating Dreams - The Story of The Little Art Project Lahore

We use art to promote positive social values among children from marginalized backgrounds in Pakistan

More Straight Talking British Pakistanis – Luton 6th form college

Four British Pakistani students, two girls and two boys discuss race, cricket, families, religion, identity and career ambitions, with a few surprises and some singing thrown in.

The Pakistan Thalassaemia Treatment Centre, Rawalpindi

The story of the Thalassaemia Welfare Centre, how this severe illness affects the lives of those too impoverished to afford treatment.

Mansurah, The Ancient Capital of Sindh

The archaeological heritage of the ancient capital of Sindh, Mansurah from 700 AD, its Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim history

Ali Khawar speaks out and out and out..

Luton 6th Form student Ali Khawar makes an early pitch as the next BBC Film critic

The Fakhra Kahn story

Lutonian and British Pakistani Fakhra Kahn, talking (signing) about her experiences since immigrating to Britain, with her daughter Sarah

Mumtaz - An extraordinary journey to an ordinary Karachi life

KVTC is the first Vocational Education and Training centre for intellectually disabled people in Pakistan. This is the story of KVTC graduate Mumtaz.

Hameed Haroon on Lahore

Hameed Haroon, CEO of Dawn newspaper group, presents a short sharp look at issues in Pakistan, particularly the letting down of he young.

Integrated development and community empowerment in Sindh

Shahid Khan CEO of Indus Earth Trust talks about empowering a community to rebuild their village in Sindh after the floods of 2011.

Bacha Bulletins

This film explores Bacha Bulletins - a fifteen month project engaging young children from different communities in Lahore and Islamabad.

Kanderai, Swat Valley- an ancient Buddhist settlement slowly disappears

A large Buddhist settlement in Pakistan could disappear due to lack of state care and criminal gangs.

Raindrop - Gulalai, A Peacemaker

Gulalai talks about her inspiration to work with young people in tribal communities to help build a peaceful future for Pakistan.

Islamabad hosts its first literary festival

After Karachi and Lahore, Islamabad hosts its first literary festival.

Women Under Siege

A short film on the impact of religious extremism on the lives of women in Houston, Texas and Karachi, Pakistan.

A Little Easier, A Little More Beautiful

This film explores the workers who make everyone's lives a little easier in Pakistan's biggest and busiest city of Karachi.

Rukhsana’s story, A victim of internal human trafficking

Currently residing in a shelter in Karachi, Rukhsana bears signs of torture.

Tehmina Durrani – Women’s rights in Pakistan

Tehmina Durrani is one of Pakistan’s highest profile women’s rights activists. In this interview she discusses the issues of women and equality in Pakistan today.

Midnight's Grandchildren

John Pandit of Asian Dub Foundation, Anita Sharma of Inquest, and The Samosa's Anwar Akhtar discuss their experiences as second generation Asians growing up in Britain.

Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema

Pop up mobile cinema Karachi style with the Tentative Collective.

Realities from the Field - with a Gender Specialist

Nighat Taufiq has spent over 15 years supporting women in the poorest communities in Pakistan. This is her story.

East to West - The Story of Shfaat Hussain

From coming to the UK as a child, holding down two jobs and studying in between, Shfaat has become a High Street success story.

Samiulla's Story

After Samiulla's father was killed in a blast in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2009, his life changed as he focused on survival.

Pakistan’s Caste System - The untouchable’s struggle

Sabir Arif lives in the slums, works as a literature tutor and dreams of Dickens.

Sahib - a young nurse’s journey in Pakistan

A young nursing graduate from Khairpur, Sindh talks about her ambitions and her motivation for her work.

All Pakistan Womens Association, How It Changed My Life

The story of Nisreen, a worker at All Pakistan Womens Association (AWPA) in Karachi.

East to West - the story of Ali Shah

Mr Ali Shah talks about his life both in Britain, where he has set up several successful businesses, and in Pakistan. It also interviews his son Cuream about his identity.

Pakistan Zindabad

This boisterous documentary captures first, second and third generation Pakistanis in England celebrating Pakistani Independence Day in Green Street, London.


In the small Punjab village of Thathi Bhanguan, women succeed in acquiring the right to education.

Learning has no limits in Hafizabad

The story of the building of a school in the Punjab by the M.H. Sufi Foundation.

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