In the aftermath of a series of horrifying terror attacks that have gripped the country - with the latest devastation occurring at a shrine in Sindh that claimed 88 lives and injured hundreds more - the mood in the entertainment industry, much like the rest of the country, is both grave and angry. While life will continue to go on in the land of the pure and there remain those who have conveniently placed the blame on the victims for attending a dhamaal and other equally heartless, hate-filled accusations, indicative of a much deeper division than we care to admit, some cultural events have been postponed as a way of acknowledging the enormous loss and wailing grief that has swept spaces where these tragedies ensued.
A case in point is the upcoming inaugural edition of the I Am Karachi Film Festival that was scheduled to take place at the Karachi Arts Council and Cinepax Cinemas from February 23 till February 26. Among films that were scheduled to screen as part of the festival included efforts like Mehreen Jabbar’s Lala Begum, Harune Massey’s Gardaab and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary, Song of Lahore.
But the four-day event, backed by I Am Karachi consortium and Mateela Films, has been postponed in solidarity with those who are suffering. A new date has not been revealed so far. Keep watching this space for an update.