This film was made possible through a grant from The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance and law, economic reform and development, women's empowerment and international relations. Drawing on 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
With a network of 18 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2005, the Foundation provided more than $61 million in program support and distributed 1.1 million books and educational materials valued at $28 million throughout Asia.
This film was produced by Eckova Productions
Eckova Productions, an international documentary production house with offices in Los Angeles and Karachi is at the forefront of tackling important issues that reveal the many dimensions of the intricate relationship between Americans and Pakistanis.
Its mission is to tell compelling stories through documentaries on subjects of importance for an international audience and produce documentaries on a diversity of subjects that foster understanding and interaction across nations, cultures and religions.
A principal component of Eckova’s work is to draw attention to and support issues of significance. To this end the company produces films for fund raising, documenting works going on in the public sector to highlight its impact and delivering knowledge and training.
This film was directed by Marriam Azam
Marriam Azam is an up-and-coming film maker who has worked on several productions including documentaries, TV magazine shows as well as children’s educational series. Of South Asian origin, she was raised in the UK and the US and is a graduate of the University of California Film School. Marriam is now based in Pakistan producing stories on South Asian issues, such as the sex worker culture of Lahore, the rituals of Muharram, and is currently working on a film about women affected by the October 8th earthquake.
Sarwar Mushtaq is the founder and President of Eckova Productions, producing documentaries on the human condition, including poverty, education, child labor, substance abuse, women's rights, drug addiction among children in Asia and the Afghan Refugee Crisis. In addition to his creative skills, he brings together the right mix of people for each project, providing direction, support and infrastructure. He is also the founder and CEO of Rudewater.com specializing in licensed stock footage from South Asia and the Middle East. Sarwar has spent the last seven years shooting and collecting footage of South Asian life, especially traditions and cultures that are disappearing and being rapidly devoured by modernization.