Documentary on Late Pakistani Activist Parween Rahman Wins Award in Nepal


On Sunday, Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist has won an award at the 6th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival.

More than 60 films from across the world were selected for screening during the four-day international film festival which was held in Kathmandu.

The 67-minute documentary has been directed by Mahera Omar. Mahera has received the Special Jury Mention Award in the non-fiction category at the festival.

Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist shows the life and work of the architect, urban planner and a committed social activist, who worked fearlessly for the less privileged in Karachi. She was killed in a targeted attack on March 13, 2013.

The documentary, Rebel Optimist has in some ways tried to unravel the makings of this martyr – whose pro-poor bias stemmed from her own experience of eviction as a young girl in Dhaka during the 1971 war.