Samar Minallah Khan

Samar Minallah Khan is a filmmaker and an anthropologist from Pakistan. Through film, Samar reaches out to various audiences in an effort to amplify the voices of women and girls. Her films shed light on men as protagonists in challenging patriarchal mindsets Her first film, “Swara-a bridge over troubled waters” was screened internationally at several film festivals. It led to the first public interest litigation in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and in making the culturally sanctioned form of forced marriage illegal.Newspapers have called her, ‘Saviour of the Souls’, ‘Woman who rocks the world.Her style of work shows empathy and respect for cultures. Her work has won several international awards including Premio Roberto Rossellini 2009, The DVF Award 2015, UNICEF Child Rights Award etc

Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2021


Samar Minallah Khan, Outswing, 2021
When a knee injury ended his professional athletic career, Akhtar Zeb decided to share his love for the game of cricket with the students of Mashal Model School, a non-profit organisation providing education to underprivileged children in the outskirts of Islamabad.
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