Saba Karim Khan – Scholar of the Months Spotlight:

Our inaugural Noon spotlight is Saba Karim Khan! Saba has recently completed a doc-film titled Concrete Dreams: Some Roads Lead Home – her first foray into documentary film-making – supported through a grant by the Doha Film Institute (DFI).

The extended trailer of the film has dropped just now and can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzCuYPBpC28.

The link to the film’s Facebook page can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/ConcreteDreamsTheFilm

“We are aiming for a full release of the film later this year once its festival run finishes.

The doc-film follows the lives of two boys who went from living on the streets of Karachi – tackling sexual violence, gang recruitment and substance abuse – to becoming national footballing heroes by winning the Bronze Medal for Pakistan in the Street Child World Cup in Rio. The film has won four international awards for best documentary/ excellence in the film festival circuit so far. Here is a link to two interviews about the journey of the film:

The National – Interview (Concrete Dreamhttps://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film/how-two-young-men-went-from-the-streets-of-karachi-to-playing-football-in-rio-1.1067818s) –

The Friday Times: https://www.thefridaytimes.com/concrete-dreams-some-roads-lead-home/#:~:text=Concrete%20Dreams%3A%20Some%20Roads,Calcutta%20International%20Cult%20Film%20Festival.

“Why I made the film? In Pakistan, the terror-and-panic rumour mill keeps us in its clutches by constantly peddling seething, doomsday narratives. It works in terms of commerce, because fear attracts far greater attention than positive broadcasts. What it’s done, however, is produced an anxiety epidemic, plaguing us with the alleged threat of Pakistan perpetually at the boil, teetering at the abyss. Happy news barely makes it to our screens. I wanted Concrete Dreams to bridle against that failed, victim poster-child narrative of Pakistan, and use a rose-colored lens to tell an equally authentic story.”

Saba is available for any further questions and to provide more information if you are interested.

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The National interview link is here: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film/how-two-young-men-went-from-the-streets-of-karachi-to-playing-football-in-rio-1.1067818