film on pakistans toughest woman nazo dharejo in oscar race
Last Updated : GMT 05:17:37
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Last Updated : GMT 05:17:37
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Film on 'Pakistan's toughest woman' Nazo Dharejo in Oscar race

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Film on 'Pakistan's toughest woman' Nazo Dharejo in Oscar race

Nominations will be announced in January, with the ceremony held in March
Abu Dhabi - Emirates Voice

As 200 armed men surrounded their house on a hot August night in 2005, Nazo Dharejo and her sisters grabbed their Kalashnikov and puny stock of ammunition and climbed to the roof.

The gunfight which followed earned her the moniker "Pakistan's toughest woman", and became the subject of a film which has been entered in next year's Academy Awards, vying for glory alongside heavy-hitters such as Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father and Joachim Trier's Thelma.

A world away from Hollywood's red carpet, at the ancestral home Dharejo fought in Pakistan's rural Sindh province, she described the night which could lead to Oscar glory. "I will kill them or die here but never retreat," Dharejo, now in her late 40s, recalled saying as assailants attacked her home.

Her husband begged her to stand down but she refused, facing down her own relatives -- who were armed and had long sought to take her family's property after her father died leaving no male heir, she said. Her grandfather had several wives, and the male heirs in other branches of his family were laying claim to her inheritance.

But her family had defied rural Pakistani cultural norms of the time to educate their daughters and teach them they were as good as boys, and the sisters were willing to give their lives to prove it. From their position on the roof their tiny army -- the three sisters, Dharejo's husband, and some loyal friends and neighbours -- held off the onslaught, with household staff making daring runs for more ammunition until daylight broke.

A five-year legal battle over the land eventually saw her foes pay half a million rupees ($4,800) in compensation and offer a public apology -- an act of utmost disgrace in rural Pakistan.
The Waderi

Born in a conservative feudal family, Dharejo was entitled to learn the Quran at home -- and that was all.

She persuaded her father to allow her and her sisters to study English, which paved the way for her to gain her Bachelor of Arts in economics at Sindh University, where she could study at home and appear in public only for the exams.

But the modern justice system has made few inroads into rural Sindh, where little has changed for centuries in a society dominated by feudalism, and the bloody years-long fight over her family's land threatened many times to derail her progress. "It kept intensifying. Five, six murders took place and in 1992 my brother was also murdered," she explained.

When her father died that same year, the women who visited to pay condolences taunted her mother and sisters that their family line had ended. But Dharejo's determination -- particularly her defiant stand over her family's property years later -- slowly turned the tide.

Soon neighbours began to speak of her as Waderi, a new feminine version of the male honorific Wadera meaning something akin to a feudal "Lady". "She has become such a huge tree spreading soothing shade to the people around her," commented Zulfiqar Dharejo as his wife, draped in a traditional printed Sindhi shawl, rocked gently on a nearby swing bed in their sparse drawing room, hung with more guns.
Heat, hospitals and gunfire

In 2013 Dharejo's story came to the attention of a British-born Pakistani filmmaker, Sarmad Masud.

Fascinated, he got in touch. The result is My Pure Land, the 98-minute Urdu-language film version of Dharejo's story starring Suhaee Abro, which became the UK's official entry in Oscar's foreign language category. It faces tough competition: A record 92 countries have entered this year. Other contenders include Jolie's film on the Cambodian genocide.

Nominations will be announced in January, with the ceremony held in March. Masud told AFP, "I was immediately inspired by (Dharejo's) courage and heroism."

But he conceded making the movie, filmed in some 30 days around Lahore, had been tough. Temperatures touched 40 degrees during filming; both he and his wife, the production designer on the film, were briefly hospitalised; and the set was attacked.

Much to his frustration, they also never met their heroine in person, though they spoke often. Despite its labelling by some critics as a "feminist Western", My Pure Land has only a few action scenes in it, Masud said.

Ultimately it is a drama about a father's loving relationship with his daughters, he explained. "It was important to shine a light on characters and a part of the world which is very rarely accurately represented on screen," he added.

Dharejo said she was "very happy" with the final film, adding that the triumphant story belongs to Sindh and Pakistan". She said, "That is an honour for me

Source: Khaleej Times

 

GMT 23:11 2017 Tuesday ,28 November

Indian actor Kamal Haasan pushing his fan

GMT 21:54 2017 Saturday ,25 November

Gearing up for one more F1 show

GMT 07:07 2017 Wednesday ,01 November

Glamour names women of 2017

GMT 12:28 2017 Tuesday ,24 October

Jennifer Lopez to fly high in Dubai
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

film on pakistans toughest woman nazo dharejo in oscar race film on pakistans toughest woman nazo dharejo in oscar race

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

film on pakistans toughest woman nazo dharejo in oscar race film on pakistans toughest woman nazo dharejo in oscar race

 



GMT 10:31 2014 Tuesday ,23 December

Mirages of failure: Lebanon cannot wait

GMT 05:04 2024 Tuesday ,06 February

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 19:57 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Farm-fresh from Kerala to the UAE, in just one day

GMT 10:08 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Microsoft to open 4 data centres

GMT 06:15 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Volkswagen clinches record sales

GMT 10:18 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Iran incapable of closing Hormuz, Bab Al Mandeb

GMT 19:46 2017 Sunday ,12 March

Beyonce throws office party for her company

GMT 12:12 2017 Monday ,27 November

ARIES (March21st-April20th)

GMT 18:21 2015 Wednesday ,14 January

Gigi Hadid named the new face of Maybelline

GMT 11:48 2017 Monday ,31 July

Qatar has to change stand: Quartet

GMT 13:38 2016 Thursday ,14 July

'Passionate' Pacquiao eyes comeback

GMT 05:14 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Oil prices to average $50-$70 through 2022

GMT 20:36 2011 Tuesday ,27 September

Paris fashion week opens in black and white

GMT 13:18 2017 Wednesday ,13 September

Iraqi Foreign Minister warns Arab counterparts of Kurdistan

GMT 17:42 2013 Monday ,25 February

Andy Murray buys luxury Scottish hotel

GMT 12:25 2014 Monday ,28 April

Third party mobile payment thrives in China

GMT 08:22 2017 Wednesday ,14 June

Khalifa gets Ugandan President's letter

GMT 17:26 2013 Friday ,06 December

\'Male pill\' may be possible within 10 years
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
 
 Emirates Voice Facebook,emirates voice facebook  Emirates Voice Twitter,emirates voice twitter Emirates Voice Rss,emirates voice rss  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

emiratesvoieen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen
emiratesvoice emiratesvoice emiratesvoice
emiratesvoice
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice