Role of artists, filmmakers in current regional context is ever increasing: Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday met with 30 participants of Asian Peace Film Festival and urged them to make use of their medium to counter the threats and challenges facing the region.

He was addressing the filmmakers at the Parliament House in an interactive session after they were given guided tours of the building including visits to the monument of democracy and Gali-e-Dastoor.

Mian Raza Rabbani said that the organization of this festivals is a productive beginning and it will contribute in generating content which will work for betterment of Asian populace. He urged the Participants from 20 countries that the role they can play in the current geo-political situation of the region in ever-increasing where Asian economies are growing and Asian people are identifying themselves better.

During the interactive session Ms. Sahraa Karimi from Afghanistan shared her thoughts that Senate of Pakistan under the guidance of Mian Raza Rabbani who himself is a short-story writer should play a role in empowering the artists, filmmakers and writers so that they can contribute in making both countries better.

Hasnain Imran Hani from Iraq said that Pakistan and Iraq can collaborate in the field of filmmaking and that will help in both cinemas to grow. Ms. Lui Xindi from China looked forward to more inter-university exchange programmes between the two countries to promote filmmaking. Ms. Mariya Saeed from India and Mr. Hamid Reza Sohaili from Iran also spoke in the session.

Amjad Bhatti while sharing his views said that artists and writers associate with the Chairman Senate not only in his capacity as the Custodian of the Upper House but also as a short story writer and a curator of capturing history. Chairman Senate said that projects like Gali-e-Dastoor, monument of democracy and Senate library have brought the Parliament and young artists closer.

Chairman Senate said that if Asian powers are collectively used Asia can effectively use its diversity for becoming united in their interests. He hoped that the visit of filmmakers from different countries will shed the one-sided perceptions and propaganda of West about Pakistan.