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Monologue: Ali Kapadia

By: Faisal Hussain, Uploaded: 16th June 2012



My Story

My name is Ali Kapadia – a Pakistani filmmaker from San Francisco. Stories have fascinated me growing up in Pakistan. I watched a ton of movies and imagined how I would make my own when I grew up but never quite figured how to and it turned in to a lost passion. I joined a computer school just like every other Pakistani boy I knew. It was really later in life that I realized I was just, born to be a storyteller. It kept chasing me. Over time, I have taught myself from scratch and ended up working on several award winning films.

I had treated filmmaking as a side hobby for years and even managed to work with big Pakistani directors in my spare time. I finished my computer education, won the annual national Interactive Multimedia championship twice along the way (ACM – GIKI) – once for making a versus fighting game engine (it’s like Street Fighter)  – and got offered a job in a Silicon Valley based technology firm. I was eventually transferred to their headquarters in San Francisco USA, but over the last 7 years, the fire of filmmaking has slowly consumed my heart entirely. It is what wakes me up in the morning now, it is what I think about all day, all night, scenes, characters, shots, sequences, all written down and timed to the millisecond. I have made several short films by now, every vacation over the last several years has been a short-film project (links below). Now, I am embarking on the biggest dream of my life, to direct and make my first full length feature film.. to become a full time Pakistani feature film director.

The Funding

Feature films are expensive and can often cost millions of dollars. Our film budget is a small fraction of that while still keeping the quality top notch. Our plan is to first raise $10k on Indiegogo as an initial seed fund to help our team get our film-financing and pre-production activities off the ground. This will help us lock down our working contracts, focus on raising the full finances of the film and get the recce and rest of the pre-production in order.

These $10k will be the seed from which this project will grow. By supporting us, not only will I and my team be thankful, you will be a part of this journey getting exclusive behind the scenes updates on the film. Not only that, you will be helping revive the film industry in Pakistan which has been overlooked and under-energized for far too long.

All funds that we can receive on top of our Indiegogo goal will go directly in to the production of the film, making our financing job even easier. All your help is hugely appreciated!

My Previous Work

The first film I ever made – Evolution Man – A stop motion animation music video made with legos for a Pakistani band.
It was ranked at no.6 in 2005 on the best Pakistani videos countdown of all time countdowns by Indus Music TV (now MTV Pakistan)

Link: http://goo.gl/xWJop

Visualization of a poem – Tum Yeh Kehtay Ho – Faiz Ahmed Faiz is one of the most popular poets of the South Asian region, a voice against oppression and inequality. This was a visualize of one of my favorite poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz poem.

Link: http://goo.gl/TAAtx
Behind the scenes: http://goo.gl/luPd6

What Pakistan Needs Now – An animated short I made for a film competition held by TEDxKarachi on the subject of “What Pakistan Needs Now”. It won the competition.

Link: http://goo.gl/CEztt

Voices From Pakistan – In 2010 Authorities in Pakistan banned Facebook over religious issues which began a new debate on the Muslim world’s reaction. This documentary brought to light the voices of a diverse set of Pakistanis on this debate.

Link: http://goo.gl/9dfIj

Seerat – Seerat is a series of short documentaries taking an up close and personal look at the different types of Pakistanis, their values and beliefs on how they look at life and what keeps them going.

Link: http://goo.gl/wPbgy

You can find more of my work and look up my other activities on my website:alikapadiafilms.com/. Here’s my fan page: facebook.com/alikapadiafilms.

The Film’s Background


Pakistan is a country surrounded by complex issues and I am passionate about addressing them. One of these issues is Pakistan’s relationship with India.

Ever since the independence of Pakistan and India in 1947, they have repeatedly been at war with each other and there seems to be no end to it. The two countries have fought 4 wars with hundreds of thousands of casualties and refugees. Even when both countries have half their population living on less than $2/day, they spend more on their military than education, poverty relief and social services combined. The strife is fueled by political interests that benefit from such conflict and the conflict has no place in today’s world.

At the center of the conflict lies Kashmir, a disputed territory between Pakistan and India. A mystical, beautiful place situated in the Himalayan highlands between Pakistan and India. Our film takes place in the mountains of Kashmir between the border of Pakistan and India, the epicenter of the conflict. Yes, my team and I will be traveling in the midst of this troubled yet incredibly beautiful region and shooting the film there. We want this film to cut in to the heart of this issue.

The Purpose


The film has a simple, yet powerful message. All of us are humans. The tags and titles that define us are purely man made. To argue and kill over such is pointless.

This movie is about bringing peace to the Indian Subcontinent which is home to 1.4 billion people. It is about our common humanity that gets lost in the vagaries of politics, ethnicities and war. By supporting this movie, you will help spread the message of peace and humanity to a region.

Pakistan has a small struggling film industry, for various reasons. Films are about character developments, life challenges and role models. Intellectual poverty is a real problem in Pakistan and a vibrant film industry promotes personality education. Your support on this film will be a fresh step towards bringing encouragement and activity in the Pakistani cinema’s revival.

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Story first published: 16th June 2012




 
 


 
 

 

 






 
 

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