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!”
- 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