Nida Kirmani & Dostain Baloch


Nida Kirmani
Dr. Nida Kirmani is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Nida has published widely on issues related to gender, Islam, women’s movements, development and urban studies in India and Pakistan. She completed her PhD in 2007 from the University of Manchester in Sociology. Her book, Questioning ‘the Muslim Woman’: Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality, was published in 2013 by Routledge. Her current research focuses on urban violence, gender and insecurity in the area of Lyari in Karachi.


Dostain Baloch
Dostain Baloch is an independent filmmaker and a screenwriter. He graduated from IDSP film school in 2014 and has been working ever since. He has written several screenplays and has made five short films so far including his internationally-recognised short film Mirror of a Madman and documentary Don Akhbaar.

Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2021


Nida Kirmani & Dostain Baloch, Khel Khel Mein, 2021
This is the story of three young people from the area of Lyari in Karachi--an area that is known for being one of the most conflict-ridden parts of the city. However, Lyari is also one of the oldest, most diverse and vibrant parts of the city. Each of the young people featured in this documentary are pushing gender boundaries in their own unique ways.
Khel Khel Mein, 2021