Dystopian Storytelling: Fighting Fear with Fiction at T2F


Join The Second Floor for the screening of ‘Shehr e Tabassum’ on Friday, 14th February 2020 at 7pm at the Faraar Gallery, T2F.

The film’s central question – how much are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of progress and peace – requires serious, honest reflection. But this conversation also runs the risk of being hijacked by internalised biases. This is where dystopian art offers a solution: the staging of a very personal dilemma in an unfamiliar world, a careful balance of distance and familiarity. The panel discussion on Shehr e Tabassum would explore how art can create spaces to have difficult conversations without alienating audiences; of the potentialities of being radical while also maintaining an appeal for mainstream consumption. It would explore the many narrative and visual choices that the short film made to be able to carry out a meaningful critique of powerful institutions.

Arafat Mazhar is the writer and director of Shehr e Tabassum. He is also the founder of Puffball Studios, the production house that made Shehr e Tabassum.

Haseeb Rehman is the Lead Animator for Shehr e Tabassum.

Rasti Fraooq is the co-producer and co-writer for Shehr e Tabassum. She also voiced multiple characters in the film.

Puffball Studio is an interdisciplinary team of Pakistani artists, designers, writers, musicians, illustrators, actors and content creators who specialize in storytelling, music, animation and meaningful design.

Date: Friday, 14th February 2020
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Entry: Rs. 400/- (Available at Venue)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065498033835018/

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