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Bam-e-Dunya Film Festival 2021




Karakoram International University, Gilgit

Date & Time

10 December 2021 to 11 December 2021


Ghulam Ali , Syed Muhammad Abubakar & Nisar Ahmed, WWF-Pakistan

Organizers: ICIMOD and WWF-Pakistan

Bam-e-Dunya Film Festival 2021


About the festival

The Bam-e-Dunya Film Festival is the first film festival of its kind in Gilgit-Baltistan and is aimed at encouraging local youth to promote mountain research and narratives on various mountain topics, including the lives of mountain communities impacted by change and issues of ecological fragility and sustainable mountain development. This festival also encourages youth to explore mountain research blended with advanced and creative film making to communicate messages for a wider audience. The festival will showcase diverse films on a variety of subject matters, ranging from social, economic, ecological, and environmental issues.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have joined hands with Karakorum International University (KIU), Special Communication Organization (SCO), EVK2CNR, Gilgit-Baltistan Rural Support Organization (GBRSP), Alpine Club, and Tourism Department of Gilgit-Baltistan to organize this festival, where films from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral will be screened for students, policymakers, and the general public.

The film festival will provide an opportunity for filmmakers to share and discuss local and regional challenges, opportunities and success stories, and allow for local and national researchers and filmmakers to interact, discuss, network, and explore opportunities for joint ventures, paving the way for more effective documentation of the region’s issues and their policy implications for conservation and development.



The Bam-e-Dunya, the ‘Roof of the World’, includes the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Pamir Landscape which stretches across parts of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. The Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is part of the Bam-e-Dunya. It is endowed with rich biodiversity and ecosystem services, especially the much-needed water resources that millions of people downstream depend on for food production.

However, there are many changes occurring in the region that have major conservation and development implications, including climate and environmental change, that offer diverse subjects for researchers and filmmakers. Remote mountain communities too are now rapidly transforming with improved connectivity and access to emerging digital technologies and markets.

There is great interest and motivation among the youth to produce and display films on various socioecological, economic, and environmental subjects. Unfortunately, Gilgit-Baltistan lacks the spaces and platforms where research and filmmaking can be nurtured, showcased, and shared.

The inaugural edition of the Bam-e-Dunya Film Festival will present a wide range of films that tell stories of mountain communities, adventure sports, folk culture, environment, wildlife, and tourism of Gilgit-Baltistan.



  • Best documentary (First, second, and third awards)
  • Best short film – fiction (First, second, and third awards)
  • Jury Choice award
  • Women in Film award



Time Session Facilitator/Speaker
09:30-10:00 Registration Volunteers
09:50-10:00 Arrival of chief guest and dignitaries KIU management and partner organization representatives will receive guests.
10:00-10:05 Recitation of Holy Quran KIU
10:05-10:15 Welcome remarks Acting VC, KIU
10:15-10:25 Opening remarks Secretary Tourism, GB
10:25-10:35 Objectives and agenda Haider Raza, Regional Head, WWF-Pakistan, GB
10:35-10:45 Remarks by jury member Sohail Ahmer Basra, Jury Member
10:45-10:55 Remarks by Guest of Honour Minister, GB Government
10:55-11:10 Remarks Chief Guest
11:10-11:25 Inauguration of film festival by the chief guest (A Film by Tourism Department, WWF-Pakistan, AKRSP and ICIMOD)
11:25-11:30 Presenting souvenir to Chief guest Acting VC, KIU
11:30-11:35 Departure of Chief Guest
Film screening session 1
11:35-11:40 GB- The land of Charms The short documentary film depicting the nature and charm of Gilgit-Baltistan.

A production of: Majid films

11:40-12:00 Koh-e-Baroba A documentary film about Samina Baig and Mirza Ali struggle in the field of mountaineering.

Director Mehmood Ali Khan

12:00-12:30 Balda -The Struggle for Salvation The fiction film Balda is about the mountainous regions in northern areas where the main source of

income depends on foreign tourists.

Director: Amjad Ali Hunzai

12:30-14:00 Juma Prayer and Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Panel discussion: Sustainable Mountain Tourism Guests: Director Tourism, Director EPA, Haider Raza regional head, WWF-Pakistan, GB

Moderator: Rehmat Karim Director KIU, Hunza Campus

14:30-14:15 The Kalash and the Crescent A documentary film about the traditions of Kalasha people.

Director: Shah Zaman Baloch/Lara Lee

14:15-14:20 Wizard stone A short film about Adventure in the mountains

Director: Muhammad Imran

14:20- 14:30 Munni Success story of Munni

Director: Madiha Ali, Nazia

14:30-14:50 Roop Aroop This short film is about an epidemic disease so called ‘plug’ in Azad Kashmir

Director; Akif Farooqui

14:50-14:55 Darkut Valley A short film by Nusrat Ali Khan about Darkut valley
14:55-15:00 Women of courage A short documentary on women empowerment
15:00-15:30 Panel discussion: Traditions of Mountains Moderator: Aliya

Guests: Waseem Samad, Afshan, Zaman, Manzoor Qureshi

15:30-15:50 Documentary presented by tourism department Film about the tourism potential in GB
15:50-16:00 Closing remarks WWF-Pakistan

Time Session Facilitator/Speaker
9:30-10:00 Registration Volunteers
10:00-10:10 Overview of day one WWF-Pakistan
10:10-10:15 The axe Stop motion film by Nazia and Leena
10:15-10:20 Mountains and Rapid Climate Change in GB A film by Mir Anees of the climate change impact on GB
10:20-10:25 Life Danyal Akber film showing different phases of life
10:25-10:35 Life of Walnut in High Mountains of GB A documentary film by Salamat Ali on the indigenous method
10:35-10:40 SEE A short film by Danial Akber
10:40-10:45 Into the Coulior A short film by Saad Muhammad
10:45-10:50 Natural Disaster Director Arif Ghayas
10:50-10:55 Child beggars in Gilgit Director Masooma Masoom
10:55-11:05 Sarar Jee Director Raja Haseeb
11:05-11:10 Story of Ali Ahmed Jan Director Taseer Baig, Tariq Hussain Shah
11:10-11:20 Koh-Kan Director Habib Ullah
11:20-11:40 Mountains Day importance Director, Asad Ullah Ghazi
11:40-11:45 Dain Gochar, Ishkoman Valley Nadia Zartaj
11:45-12:15 Panel discussion: Discussing technical aspect of filmmaking Guests: Sohail Ahmed Basra, Nisar Ahmed, Akber from KIU
12:15-12:20 The Snow Leopards Burden Asif Hussain
Closing session
Award distribution ceremony
13:00-13:10 My Journey as a Film Maker Imtiaz Ahmed, Wildlife Film Maker
13:10-13:30 Screening of winning films WWF Team
13:30-14:00 Distribution of awards to filmmakers Facilitators
14:00-14:10 Overview of the festival Wasim Samad, CEO, Rupani Foundation
14:00-14:10 Remarks by Guest of Honour Minister GB Government
14:10-14:20 Remarks by Chief Guest Minister GB Government
14:20-14:30 Vote of thanks WWF-Pakistan

For more information, visit WWF-Pakistan’s website

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