Madiha Aijaz’s observational documentary on public libraries in Karachi, Pakistan, provides an entry point into present-day Karachi, where irredeemable changes feel imminent. While the libraries become a bastion for the literary tradition of Urdu, their frequent visitors lament the increasing dominance of English – a residual reminder of colonialism, partition and the ‘globalising’ present. Wrapped in quiet solitude, seated readers are shown hiding away from the hustle and bustle of urban life that can be seen outside.

The other films shown within Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 3

Filmmaker
Madiha Aijaz
Premiere
World premiere (festival)
Country
Pakistan
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
15’
Language
Urdu
Producer
Madiha Aijaz
Sales
Liverpool Biennial
Cinematography
Madiha Aijaz
Editor
Mohammed Ali Hakeem
Sound Design
Mohammed Ali Hakeem