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Farjad Nabi, Mazhar Zaidi & Meenu Gaur

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Farjad Mazhar Meenu

Matteela Films is led by Mazhar Zaidi who has worked with BBC World Service in London and headed the department of documentaries and current affairs at Pakistan’s leading English language channel Dawn News. He has produced several documentaries and programmes for the BBC and German TV channel ARD. His film Nar Narman has been screened internationally and at the National Film Theatre in London in 2007. He is currently working on a documentary film based on the memories and images of 102-year-old photojournalist FE Chaudhry. He is the producer of Jeewan Hathi, and has line produced several films in Pakistan and for international producers working in Pakistan. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Meenu Gaur is co-writer and director of Zinda Bhaag. She completed her PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of London in 2010 and is the co-editor of the book Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, published by Routledge 2011 and distributed by OUP Pakistan. She is also the co-director of the award winning documentary film, Paradise On a River of Hell. She is presently working on her third feature film and a documentary film on Karachi titled Tasting the Secret: Karachi supported by the Jan Vrijman Fund, I am Karachi campaign and Göteborg Film Fund. Her films have been released theatrically in various countries such as the USA, UAE and Pakistan and screened extensively in major International film festivals, international universities, and on Indian and Pakistani television. Her films have been included in academic courses and discussed in academic books and journals. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Farjad Nabi is co-writer and director of Zinda Bhaag. He has directed award-winning documentaries including Nusrat has Left the Building… But When?, No One Believes the Professor, and The Final Touch. His Punjabi stage plays Annhi Chunni di Tikki (Bread of Chaff & Husk) and Jeebho Jani di Kahani (The Story of Jeebho Jani) have been recently staged and published. Folk and fringe music remain close to his heart. He has produced and presented a musical documentary on interior Sindh called Aaj ka Beejal for BBC Urdu. He is the co-director of Jeewan Hathi and a third feature film with Meenu Gaur, another Matteela Films venture, which is currently in pre-production.

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