A Life Too Short +
My Father the Mover

Director: Safyah Usmani + Julia Jansch
Pakistan + South Africa / 2020 / 35 min + 13 min
In Urdu and Saraiki + Xhosa with English subtitles

Last screened on Sun, Jan 17

A Life Too Short is followed by a Q&A with Safyah Usmani, moderated by Farihah Zaman, and My Father the Mover is followed by a Q&A with Julia Jansch, moderated by Vanity Fair’s Katey Rich.

Produced by Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, A Life Too Short examines the startling tragedy behind the killing of Pakistani activist and social media star Qandeel Baloch. A vocal, provocative proponent of women’s rights and freedom of expression, Qandeel challenged conventional ideas with her open exclamations of women’s equality and sexuality. Her bravery and outspokenness ended in chilling violence that reverberated around the world. In My Father the Mover, Stoan Galela calls himself not just a dancer but a “Mover.” Using African electronic Gqom beats, the single father motivates children in Khayelitsha, South Africa, to find their superpowers. However, his daughter, Alatha, is still looking for her own powers. In an intimate moment together, this is all about to change… Courtesy of MTV Documentary Films.