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K2 and the Invisible Footmen WINS!

by on January 13, 2016
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This has been a great year for Pakistani Cinema. Another documentary film, “K2 and the Invisible Footmen” won two awards at the Jaipur International Film Festival, 2016. The documentary film produced in collaboration between a US company and Bipolar Films a Pakistani firm, won awards in two categories, Best Sound & Editing Award (Documentary Feature Film Category) and Best Cinematography Award (Documentary Feature Film Category).

The film K2 and the Invisible Footmen is director Iara Lee’s gift to Pakistan — a country she loves and respects very much. It was a dream for her to film the trek to K2. The occasion coincided with the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of K2 by the Italians. On that occasion, Ali Mehdi, a Pakistani porter who had helped the Italian expedition, lost all his toes to frostbite, so the film has been dedicated to him and to the true unsung heroes of K2, the porters. They are superhuman, and once you see inside their lives, it’s really hard not to care.

Whilst talking to Jawad Sharif, the man behind the editing and cinematography of “K2 and the Invisible Footmen” he mentioned that he couldn’t get to India to attend the festival but was extremely delighted and excited to win an award. The award will be sent to Jawad Sharif soon in Pakistan.

Whilst talking to Reels Pakistan, Jawad also mentioned their is talent in Pakistan and specially youth, but there are not much opportunities. Jawad also mentioned with true passion, that he’s trying to produce films with substance.

“I’m playing my role to tell all the good things about Pakistan. A visual story which even the locals haven’t seen!”

The biggest challenge for Jawad was to shoot with the local porters. The whole idea was to capture natural and candid moments, considering they aren’t actors. Another incident which he narrated to Reels was when he slipped twice in snow whilst carrying lots of cameras, apparently that scene is in the film too!

K2 and the Invisble Footmen has won the following awards so far:
  • Winner – Audience Award, Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival, 2015
  • Winner – Jury Prize, BBVA Mountain Film Festival, 2015
  • Winner – Best Documentary, Salento International Film Festival, 2015
  • Winner – Best Film – Rio Mountain Festival, 2015
Editor/Cinematographer: Jawad Sharif is a Pakistani filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor. He has an unusual talent for revealing surprising human moments – all with unparalleled craft and creativity. His work is always looking into dark corners, finding the light, and addressing the themes of justice, transformation, and healing. His production company Bipolar Films is comprised of a seasoned team of award-winning cinematographers, editors and producers.
Director/Producer: Iara Lee, activist & filmmaker, is the founder of the Cultures of Resistance Network. She collaborates with agitators, educators, artists, and changemakers around the world to build global solidarity through creative resistance and nonviolent action. Iara has produced several shorts & full-length documentaries to promote conflict prevention and resolution, and is working on a variety of humanitarian, arts & culture diplomacy projects.
This is the second Pakistani film two win at Jaipur International Film Festival, after Sarmad Khoosat’s magical film, “Manto”.