In 2023, as a Pakistani documentary on Islamophobia in India wins big at the London Film Festival. Through this, the praise for Pakistani filmmakers and artists continues to grow across the globe.
A documentary about Islamophobia in India by Pakistani director Shahzad Hameed Ahmed, won the 2022 Association of International Broadcasting Award at the London Film Festival. In “India’s Saffron Brigade,” in which Shahzad Hameed reveals how violent attacks on Muslims, in the name of cow sanctity have turned India’s secular status into a showpiece.
Talking more about this, the 104-page report, “Violent Cow Protection in India: Vigilante Groups Attack Minorities,” describes how members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used sectarian rhetoric to incite a violent mob campaign against beef eating and individuals involved in the cow trade. Moreover, Between May 2015 and December 2018, at least 44 people were killed in such attacks, including 36 Muslims. Several BJP politicians publicly supported the attacks, while police frequently postponed charges of the offenders.
In Bad Faith, Hameed’s acclaimed documentary, is part of a three-part document series that seeks to investigate the connections between populist nationalism, religion, and violence, as well as their impact on minorities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India. It investigates the techniques and motivations of religion-based political parties across Asia, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in India, the Islamic Defenders Front in Indonesia, the Jamia Haqqania in Pakistan, and Sri Lanka’s Buddhist extremist outfit the Bodu Bala Sena.
Shahzad has won certain medals for his achievements. Adding up to his wonderful records, he has almost won 10 World Medals, followed by 3 medals in Germany. This documentary of Shehzad, winning hearts in London is rather a very big achievement. The judge was really impressed by the fascinating story and the complexities being explained very well.