Shirkat Gah has produced widely lauded documentaries on several topics such as grassroots feminist movements, violence against women, peace and plurality, women’s access to public space, and how women are fighting back against systematic patriarchy in their own ways across Pakistan. These are available free for viewing.
Underway since July 2015, Humjoli has provided opportunities to women and men across the four provinces of the country to claim public spaces in a bid to promote cultural expression and foster community harmony amongst citizens. In the wake of the rising tide of extremism and intolerance at grassroots level, the project involves an interactive activity, the Mandli, whereby groups of men in four field sites (Swat (KP), Shahdadkot (Sindh), Muzaffarabad (Punjab) and Jaffarabad (Balochistan)) perform sufi kalam in public, spreading the messages of peace and pluralism embedded in sufi poetry. Here is a second teaser on the progress of the initiative so far - on August 26th, 2016, Shirkat Gah paid homage to the legendary sufi poet, Baba Bulleh Shah, at the eve of his 259th urs where Mandli groups from across Pakistan gathered and performed sufi kalam, joined by hundreds who had made their way to the city to pay their respects. Keep watching this space for a full documentary to be released soon!