Chairman Mohammed Ali Naqvi unveils the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee for the 96th Academy Awards

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ThePakistaniAcademySelectionCommittee(PASC)is honouredtointroducethenewselectioncommitteebyitsnewlyappointedchairman, MohammedAli(Mo)Naqvi.EntrustedwiththecriticaltaskofchoosingPakistan’sofficialentry fortheAcademyAwards’BestForeignLanguageFilmcategory,thePASC’slatestassembly comprisessomeofthefinesttalentsinthePakistanicinematiclandscape.
MohammedAli(Mo)Naqvi’sachievements:NaqviisamemberoftheAcademyof MotionPicturesandTelevisionAcademy and bringswithhimalegacyofinfluentialstorytelling. HeproducedtheNetflixOriginalTop10docu-seriesTurningPoint:9/11andtheWaron Terror.HereceivedtheinauguralEmmyTelevisionAcademyHonorfordirectingand producingShowtimeOriginalShame.HehasbeennominatedforanIndependentSpiritAward, aCinemaEyeHonorandtheUNESCO-FELLINIPrize.Hisfilmshavebeenscreenedata numberoffestivalsincludingToronto,Berlin,Busan,andTribeca,andshowcasedatthe MuseumofModernArt.
OthernotablefilmsincludetheEmmy-nominatedproductionAmongtheBelievers,Insha’Allah Democracy,andPakistan’sHiddenShame.
HislatestfilmTheAccused:DamnedOrDevoted?currentlyupforaPrimetimeEmmy.
Beyondnon-fiction,Naqvihasproducedfictionfeaturesincludingtheroad-tripdramaBig River(OfficialSelection:BerlinFilmFestival)andindiecomedyIWillAvengeYouIago starringBreakingBad’sGiancarloEsposito.
IntroducingthenewPakistaniAcademySelectionCommitteemembers:
● AhmedAliAkbarisamulti-talentedPakistaniactorknownforhisstellar performancesinacclaimedproductionssuchasLaalKabootarandParizaad.Hehasa backgroundintennis,singingandtheatre,includingastintatShakespeare’sGlobein London(UK),andhasreceivednumerousaccoladesfromtheLuxStyleAwardsto internationalfilmfestivals.
● BilalLashariisanaward-winningdirectorandcinematographerwhoserecent blockbusterTheLegendofMaulaJattisthehighest-grossingPunjabilanguagefilmof alltimeandPakistan’shighest-grossingfilm.
● FatimaBhutto,acclaimedauthorofbothfictionandnon-fiction,includingtheBailey’s Prize-longlistedTheShadowoftheCrescentMoonandthememoirSongsofBloodand Sword,frequentlyaddressesandspeaksonjustice,culture,andclimateissues.
● FawadKhanisaversatilefilmandTVactor,singer,andmodel,renownedonboth sidesoftheborder.HegainedfamewithKhudaKayLiyein2007,wonLuxStyleAwards forHumsafarandZindagiGulzarHai,andsecuredaFilmfareAwardforBestMale DebutwithKhoobsurat.HeplaystheleadinPakistan’shighest-grossingfilmMaula Jatt.
● FriehaAltafisPakistan’spremierepioneeringeventmanageranddirector,with3,500 showsincludingtheLuxStyleAwards,PakistanFashionWeeks,UNPakistaniFilm FestivalsunderherbannerofCatwalk.Shehas80internationalandNationalAwards,an ActoronTv,film.Friehaisatirelessactivistadvocatingforchildsexualabuseand genderequality.
● Filmmaker,academic,andco-founderoftheDocumentaryAssociationofPakistan, HayaFatimaIqbal,whosepreviousfilmsincludeAcademyAwardandEmmy Award-winnerAGirlInTheRiverandEmmywinnerArmedWithFaith.
● MadeehaSyedisanaward-winningPakistanidocumentaryfilmmaker,investigative journalist,andculturalcriticwhoseimpactfulfilmsareintegratedintothemediaand genderstudiescurriculainlocaluniversities.Shehasalsoservedasajurymemberfor theLuxStyleAwardsoverseventimes.
● MehreenJabbarisacriticallyacclaimeddirector,producerandeditorwithovertwo decadesofexperienceandhasreceivednumerousawardsforherwork.Hercatalogueof directorialworkincludestwofeaturefilms,multipleTVandstreamingseries, shortsand corporatevideos.
● Veteranactor,director,andproducerNadiaAfganwithovertwodecadesinPakistan’s TVandfilmindustry.Sheisknownforheraward-winningworkinserialslikeKabuli Palao,SunoChanda,Parizaad,andfilmslikeManto.
● Writer/directorSaimSadiq,namedoneofVariety’s10DirectorstoWatch,directed CannesJuryAward-winnerJoylandwhichwasalsoshortlistedfortheAcademyAwards. Priortothat,hisshortfilmDarlingwontheBestShortFilmawardatthe76thVenice FilmFestival.
Overthenextmonth,thecommitteewillrevieweligiblefilmsandselecttheentrythatbest representsPakistanicinema.ThechosenfilmwillbesubmittedtotheAcademyAwardsfor considerationintheBestInternationalFeatureFilmcategory.
Commentsbythechairperson:
Naqviremarked,“Theselectioncommitteeisatestamenttotheabundanttalentflourishingin Pakistan’sfilmsector.It’saprivilegetocollaboratewithsucharemarkableteamtospotlightthe outstandingnarrativescraftedbyPakistanifilmmakers.”
Atpresent,thePASCisintheprocessofassessingthefilmsreceived.

AnofficialannouncementregardingPakistan’sselectedsubmissionforthe96thAcademyAwardsintheBestInternational FeatureFilmcategorywillbemadebyearlyOctober.”