Pomegranates in Lahore

The Hidden Beauty of Pakistan

This is a film that will change perceptions about women in Pakistan and also help to change their lives

Pomegranates in Lahore

The Hidden Beauty of Pakistan

This is a film that will change perceptions about women in Pakistan and also help to change their lives

Pomegranates in Lahore

The Hidden Beauty of Pakistan

This is a film that will change perceptions about women in Pakistan and also help to change their lives

Pomegranates in Lahore

The Hidden Beauty of Pakistan

This is a film that will change perceptions about women in Pakistan and also help to change their lives

FILM SYNOPSIS

Pomegranates in Lahore will be a film about women from different parts of Parkistan and can be made as a stand alone documentary or a series.
The Pakistani diaspora is one of the largest in the world and little has been done to show the contemporary side of their society, and the progressiveness.
The film will not force or highlight the negative aspects of Pakistan as those will be obvious through the raw, organic approach this film will take.
The creator, Kirsten will travel throughout the region and the camera crew will remain with her throughout so the film will have a reality aspect to it minus the sensationalism found in reality television. Furthermore, Kirsten has access that others could not easily acquire given the shift in security in recent months. Kirsten has the support of the Pakistan government and protection of the military with unheard of access to remote areas.
This comes from living and working with them (embedded with military) for almost twenty years, in March of this year Kirsten was recognized for her work, by the Pakistan High Commissioner of London at the National Anniversary celebration.
There are many very good stories told by locals about the plights of Pakistan, but Pomegranates in Lahore is extraordinary because this film is told from the perspective of an outsider looking in, from a person who might otherwise be seen as the most unlikely to get close by in Pakistan, not only is Kirsten a female, but she is a fair skinned, blonde American.
Five years ago CNN wanted to do a story about Kirsten. She is very much a part of the narrative in this respect. This film aims to demonstrate the that Pakistan is a hospitable place for even the presumed ‘enemy’.

THE HIDDEN BEAUTY OF PAKISTAN

 

Kirsten Seymour presents Pomegranates in Lahore, a story about the successful strides made by the women of Pakistan told through the narration of myth, through Persephone and the Pomegranate, the plight of a goddess and the subsequent origin of flowers in spring, and ominous winter months.

 

 

 

The various women subjects in our film, like Persephone, have risen above unthinkable challenges, juxtaposed against a surreally beautiful environment with past traditions that are haunting them.

 

 

 

The next generation of women in Pakistan, especially those living in poverty, are also taking incredible risks in order to pave a new path for future generations.

 

 

They do this while living amid war, oppression and intimidation, and contrary to outside opinion they do this through the support of the local men. Pomegranates in Lahore is a journey through their world, through the many varied provinces that make up Pakistan.

 

 

 

The stories are told by them about their histories and hopes for the future, from each place according to their unique experience. Kirsten Seymour will take you through the region by buses, motorcycles,  military escort on helicopters into remote areas, and at times, on foot, the way she has come to know this region over the last decade and longer. She will bring the audience with her to far reaches of Pakistan to meet these incredible women.

 

 

 

The western world will be enlightened to find these open minded, liberal thinkers who fight for women’s rights through courageous changes made in their own personal daily lives. Collectively, she will conclude the film by bringing these various women together, the provincial young with the established older cosmopolitan ones such as the politicians, designers, and writers. It is important to recognise that behind these advances, there are Pakistani men who are paving the way for this change. This is their story too.

 

 

 

Persephone will remain in the backdrop making parallels alongside these women and the seasons that change as we journey. Persephone will be with us all the way, reminding us of the female ghosts of the past.

 

 

“This is a film that will change perceptions about women in Pakistan and also help to change their lives”.

Jean-Paul Mertinez

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.

KRISTEN SEYMOUR

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

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 FEEHEM

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.