Indian film ‘Baahubali’ to be screened at Pakistan International Film Festival

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Updated 29 March 2018
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Indian film ‘Baahubali’ to be screened at Pakistan International Film Festival

ISLAMABAD: The four-day Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF), featuring prominent filmmakers from across the globe — including India — opens in Karachi on Thursday.
At a time when Pakistani artists are banned from working in India, most recently affecting singers Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistan has extended an olive branch with PIFF.
S.S. Rajamouli, the Indian filmmaker behind the epic “Baahubali,” tweeted his excitement over his film playing at the festival.
“‘Baahubali’ has given me opportunities to travel to a number of countries... The most exciting of them all is now, Pakistan. Thank you Pakistan International Film Festival, Karachi for the invite.”
The festival will screen 210 films from different categories, including documentaries, short films and feature films, which were selected from submissions from 93 countries.
“Baahubali” is a two-part action epic, “Baahubali: The Beginning” and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” about the battle for the claim to an ancient kingdom between two brothers. The Telugu and Tamil language films, which were also distributed in Hindi, star Prabhas and Rana Daggubati as the warring brothers, with Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Tamannaah Bhatia and Sathyaraj in supporting roles.
Rajamouli will be joined at the event by Shobu Yarlagadda, who produced “Baahubali,” along with a number of other visitors from India. They include: Nandita Das (actor, director and producer of upcoming movie “Manto”), musician Harsh Narayan, actor Vinay Pathak, Zeenat Lakhani (writer of “Hindi Medium”), Saket Chaudhary (director of “Hindi Medium”), Nishtha Jain (maker of documentary film “Gulabi Gang”), Subhash Kapoor (prominent producer, screenplay writer and director), and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.
Other films from India that will be screened at PIFF include the Shah Rukh Khan hit “Dear Zindagi,” “Hindi Medium,” which stars Pakistan’s Saba Qamar Zaman, and Marathi film “Sairat.”


What We Are Reading Today: African Dominion  by Michael A. Gomez

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What We Are Reading Today: African Dominion  by Michael A. Gomez

  • Michael Gomez unveils a new vision of how categories of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in global history more generally
  • Islam’s growth in West Africa resulted in a series of political experiments unique to the region

Pick up almost any book on early and medieval world history and empire, and where do you find West Africa? On the periphery. This pioneering book, the first on this period of the region’s history in a generation, tells a different story. 

Interweaving political and social history and drawing on a rich array of sources, including Arabic manuscripts, oral histories, and recent archaeological findings, Michael Gomez unveils a new vision of how categories of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in global history more generally. Scholars have long held that such distinctions arose during the colonial period, but Gomez shows they developed much earlier.

Focusing on the Savannah and Sahel region, Gomez traces the exchange of ideas and influences with North Africa and the Central Islamic Lands by way of merchants, scholars, and pilgrims. 

Islam’s growth in West Africa resulted in a series of political experiments unique to the region, culminating in the rise of empire. A major preoccupation was the question of who could be legally enslaved, which together with other factors led to the construction of new ideas about ethnicity, race, gender, and caste — long before colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.

Telling a radically new story about early Africa in global history, African Dominion is set to be the standard work on the subject for many years to come.