THE HIDDEN BEAUTY OF PAKISTAN
“This is a film that will change perceptions about women in Pakistan and also help to change their lives”.
A graduate of the National Film & Television School, UK. Since graduating from the NFTS he’s been producing new feature film, television and live event projects that seek to explore the wonders of the natural world, ancient perspectives and cultural traditions. He’s worked with retired BBC Director Alan Ereira since the beginning of the ALUNA film, made with the secretive Indigenous Kogi Indians in Colombia. In 2016 he worked with the United Nations on the “Harmony with Nature” program that aims to align human activity with nature. The white paper produced by over 127 experts in diverse fields of environmental law, ecological economics, education, holistic science, humanities, philosophy/ethics, the arts, media, design and architecture, theology & spirituality became the keynote address in the September 2016 UN General Assembly and helped encourage the city of Mexico to adopt the Rights of Nature in their constitution in January 2017. Jean-Paul also produced the Migrate Charity Auction for Refugees with Christies (London) in October 2016 as a creative response to the Refugee Crisis. In 2016 he worked with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Grammy Nominated Gyuto Monks during their UK & Scotland “Pure Sound Tour”. This included their performances at the opening ceremony of Glastonbury Festival in front of an audience of around 100,000 people and recording the historic visit on film. He was also a lead venue project manager during the successful London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in London.
Kirsten Seymour. Kirsten is a British-American who specializes in South Asia studies, based in Oxford. She has lived and travelled in Pakistan on and off since 2000. She studied at the University of Oxford and has also lectured at many Pakistani Universities. In addition, she has worked as a journalist for TheEconomist, The Sunday Times, Moscow Times,CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, and for local Pakistani media she had her own show covering the war, having been embedded with the Pakistani military and gaining rare access to the Taliban. She has travelled across Pakistan’s four provinces and
knows the land and people well.
Kirsten hopes to make a film that depicts the Pakistan that we know, showing the important roles that women play in society and how they are breaking stereotypes.
Noorulain Khawaja was a journalist with Al Jazeera English for seven years up until May 2016, when she decided to leave the company in search of something greater. She was born in Sialkot, Pakistan to a Kashmiri family, but grew up in the United States.
As a Pakistani-American, and a woman, she feels strongly the need to change the narrative and highlight the empowerment of Pakistani women, portraying a positive side of Pakistan that is often overlooked by mainstream media.
Annas has over 14 years of experience in diverse roles in Corporate, broadcast Media and TV productions sector. Most recently, he has been successfully running his production house -Prospect Films, since 2009, which now has affiliates offices in London & Dubai.
During the course of his professional career and business, Annas has worked on a diverse portfolio
of projects; from branded content like Cornette Music Icons to awards shows like The Musik Awards 2006 & 2008, from corporate films for blue chip companies like Reckitt & Benkiser, Phillip Morris international, Engro Foods Pakistan Ltd to Documentaries and Public Service campaigns for Pakistan Police, from live transmission like General Elections to Ad Films/ TVCs of global brands like Walls, Tetley Tea and Mcdonalds.
Annas and Kirsten teamed up during one of Kirsten’s trips to Pakistan. They discovered they are like-minded filmmakers and Annas (pineapple) joined our team in early 2017, and together they coproduced the promo for Pomegranates in Lahore.