Aneel Ahmad (Pakistan/UK) 6'
Waiting for Sunrise explores extreme poverty in Lahore, Pakistan.
Children without parents live in slums, cold and unloved, begging
in order to stay alive as they endure verbal and physical abuse to
earn enough money to live each day. These issues are rarely dealt
with on such a personal and emotional level. Lahore and its collection
of people becomes a character for this short documentary.
Aneel Ahmad is an award-winning film director from Manchester. His
previous work includes Asian Invasion and A Man‚s World, which
generated interest from the Cannes Film Festival. A Man‚s World
is about the personal struggles and demons faced by a female boxer
from Salford, UK. The film brought rave reviews from many of the film
industry‚s leading critics, because the fifteen-minute work
was shot on an ultra-low budget, the lead part was portrayed by no
less than seven different actors, and the film can actually be watched
backwards to see the story being told from a different angle. Because
his parents are from Lahore, Pakistan his latest work Waiting for
Sunrise is of a very personal nature. When Aneel once was on a visit
to Lahore with his family, an 8-year-old shoeshine boy asked if he
could clean his shoes at the airport. It proved to be an affecting
experience for the director, prompting him to make the film.
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