After 9 years, Pakistani film screened at KU

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3-day international festival on environment and wildlife begins

Srinagar: After a gap of nine years, a documentary film from Pakistan was screened at Kashmir University (KU) during the three-day international film festival on environment and wildlife which begins at the varsity here on Monday.
According to a statement issued here, 10 documentary films were screened on the inaugural day but the highlight of the function was a documentary film from Pakistan that was screened in Kashmir after a gap of nine years. The film “Pangolins in peril: a story of rare scales” produced by a Pakistani filmmaker Muhammad Ali Ijaz, was the highlight of first day of the festival which is being organised by Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC) in collaboration with CMS Vatavaran, New Delhi.
While congratulating the EMRC for holing the festival, vice chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad said that Kashmir being a valley needs special care towards environment.
He said that climate change is happening, and one cannot stop climate change but together we can definitely mitigate it.
Director EMMRC, Dr Salima Jan while welcoming the guests, raised a question on the nexus of bottled water and lack of clean tap water.
Joint director, Consortium for Educational Commu8nication (CEC), New Delhi, Dr Sunil Mehroo reminded creative communicators to keep in mind their target audience.
Festival manager of CMS Vatavaran, Sabyesachi Bharti said that his organisation is a product of research work, and they are holding such festivals to raise awareness about environment.
A panel discussion was also held during the festival in which Justice (Retd) Hassnian Masoodi, head geography department KU Prof Mohammad Sultan Bhat, EMMRC producer Shafqat Habib, and Journalist and political analyst Gowhar Geelani participated as panellists. They were unanimous in their arguments that climate change can be minimised if people from childhood are made aware of its repercussions. Producer EMMRC Ajaz ul Haque moderated the discussion.
Meanwhile, a painting competition was held on the sidelines of the festival in which students from various colleges and schools participated. Students from the music and fine arts also performed on the inaugural function.
The theme of this edition of festival is “Conservation4water” with special focus on youth empowerment and community engagement. The three day film festival will delve on issues of the inter-connectedness of climate change and water, water struggles in a world dealing with global warming, livelihood insecurity, and highlighting the important issues affecting water through film screening, media workshop and open forum discussions.