Schokofeh Kamiz: After Sabeen (2019)
Germany, 2019, 75’
Karachi, Pakistan. 24 April 2015. A car stops at a red-light. Inside are two women: Sabeen and her mother Mahenaz. Two guys on a motorcycle stop and open fire. Sabeen dies on the spot; her mother gets wounded but survives. Moments before she was killed, Sabeen Mahmud, founder and director of the non-profit cultural institution Peace Niche, had hosted a discussion on the unexplained and ongoing disappearances of more than 20,000 activists and civilians in the country. Sabeen had been warned and advised to cancel the event but she went ahead insisting, “Someone’s got to do this!”
In the wake of the killing, the director tiptoes “After Sabeen” following her mother and friends to record not only their memories and grief but their ongoing impetus to continue Sabeen’s work. Schokfeh Kamiz was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from June to September 2022.
The film is screened in the frame of the 12th Which Human Rights? Film Festival, supported by the Goethe-Institut Istanbul.