Mandwa Film Club will delve into literary classic Oliver Twist with the screening of it’s 2005 film adaptation.
Join us on Saturday 16th December, at 4.00 pm to watch Oliver Twist (2005) – a film adaptation by director Roman Polanski starring Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Michael Heath, and Jeremy Swift. The screenplay is written by Ronald Harwood.
About the Book:
Written by Charles Dickens in 1839, Oliver Twist is hailed as a social novel which satirizes the hypocrisies of Dickens’ time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the plight of street children.
In the Nineteenth Century, orphan Oliver Twist is sent from the orphanage to a workhouse, where the children are mistreated and barely fed. He moves to the house of an undertaker, but after an unfair beating, he starts a seven day runaway to London. He arrives exhausted and starving, and is soon welcomed in a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. When he is mistakenly taken as a thief, the wealthy victim Mr. Brownlow brings Oliver to his home and shelters him. But Fagin and the dangerous Bill Sykes decide to kidnap Oliver to burglarize Mr. Brownlow’s fancy house.
The film was released to a limited number of theaters but earned a generally good reception among the critics with most describing it as “visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque”.
We look forward to see you at Mandwa Film Club on Satuday 16th December at 4pm.
Season’s Greetings from National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage – Lok Virsa.
Lok Virsa envisions a pluralistic society with strong values of tolerance and harmony. In continuum of our tradition of celebrating our festivals to promote & strengthen these values, not only in Lok Virsa, but also in our communities, we have planned Christmas celebrations with a Christmas Mela in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education, Pur Fazal Kaliseya and St. Thomas Church.
Please join us on Friday 22nd of December at 3pm, at Museum Hall, Lok Virsa for the opening ceremony of Christmas Mela. Chief guest of the ceremony will be Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Pakistan.
We look forward to see you at Lok Virsa with family and friends.
A Film Festival to showcase the best from the cinema of Islamic Republic of Iran is being organized by The Cultural Consulate, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamabad with the collaboration with Cultural Center of Islamic Republic Iran in Rawalpindi, the PNCA and Lok Virsa.
Lok Virsa – National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage will host the last three days of the festival i.e. 13th, 14th and 15th of December,2017.
Following films will be screened at Lok Virsa:
13th December at 3 pm: “A Cube of Sugar”
Director/Producer : Reza Mirkarimi
Writers : Reza Mirkarimi and Mohammad Reza Gohari
Actors : Rima Raminfar , Reza Kianian, Saeed Poursamimi, Farhad Aslani.
Plot: A Cube of Sugar (Ye Habe Ghand aka One Cube of Sugar, 2011) is a domestic drama set around a marriage ceremony that has been arranged for a young woman from a traditional Iranian family. All is well in the run-up to the wedding ceremony. But before the ceremony that will unite Pasandide and her fiance in marriage gets underway, a single cube of sugar brings great misfortune to the family.
14th December at 3 pm: “Crazy Castle”
Director: Abdolhassan Davoodi
Producer: Bita Mansoori
Writer: Mohammad Reza Gohari & Abdolhassan Davoodi
Actors: Saber Abbar, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Nazanin Bayati, Saed Soheili and Amir Mohammad Zand.
Plot: A group of young online community roam the city of Tehran,looking for a good time. What starts as a prank unfolds into a complicated situation as they become entagled in blackmail. Examining the true meaning of friendship and the way we portay ourselves on social media, Crazy Castle is a riveting and sometimes harrowing journey which will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
15th December at 3 pm: “Where are my Shoes?”
Director: Kiumars Pourahmad
Producer: Ali Ghaem Maghami
Writer: Kiumars Pourahmad & Farid Mostafvi
Actors: Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Majid Mozaffari, Shaghayegh Farahani.
Plot: Habib Kaveh is an old man with Alzheimer’s disease. His family left him, but with his daughter returning to Iran, a secret is revealed.
We look forward to see you at Lok Virsa for the screening of these award winning Iranian films everyday at 3pm, from 13th December till 15th December 2017.
When I joined Lok Virsa, about a year and a half ago, we only had employees from Punjab and Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. Over the last year I have tried hard to search for young candidates to be inducted from other province. To get good candidates from Balochistan has been a challenge as it is difficult to get people to move to Islamabad on such low renumeration, However, I am happy to share that we now have six young professionals from Balochistan at Lok Virsa, providing thier services for various jobs.
Abdullah Baloch, the head of the Culture Department, Balochistan Government, visted us yesterday and was so happy when I introduced him to these young professionals. He said, “This was a dream for me. I had been associated with Lok virsa for over three decades and always wanted to see bright people from Balochistan here and now it has come true.” He thanked me for being true to my claim that Balochistan and GB were my priority. I am sharing a picture of Abdullah Baloch with young professionals from Balochistan who are providing thier services as internal auditor, PRO, store keeper of the museum, Media program executive, Electrical Engineer and ethnomusicologist.
I would also like to share that we have 5 young professionals from GB who are providing thier services to Lok Virsa as head of Media, head of accounts, cameraman and two in the Museum. This diversity is already changing the environment of the Institute and influencing, positively, the programs of lok virsa. I strongly beleive that for it to be a true ‘National’ Institute, it has to have the voices of all the provinces. We continue to work on achieving that balance!
Lok Virsa in its effort to promote folk music and bring back the creative space to our community, Lok Virsa announces its music classes schedule. You are requested to be a part of this effort and take time out to learn an instrument or have your children learn a musical instrument. That will be the best gift you can give to your children.
Most of the classes will be a three-month course. Therefore, it is better to register from the beginning and go until the end. We will however be flexible in the first month to accommodate people.
For registrations and more details, please refer to the attached Ad or contact.
I hope you had nice Eid holidays. Ramzan was a nice time for reflection on our last year’s program and preparation for the financial year starting 1st of July. We have a full agenda of strategic cultural programs for our children, youth and all other ages to bring out the true pluralistic nature of our folk culture. I would like to share briefly what we were able to accomplish in the last year and highlights of what we plan to bring, with your help, in the coming year.
REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST YEAR
The strategy I developed for Lok Virsa was designed to 1) cater more to the younger generation to develop their cultural identity, 2) spread out of the Rwp/Isb area to ensure LV is a national institute, 3) focus more on dissemination rather than collection of cultural materials and 4) to promote pluralism and national integration. In addition, we wanted to re-establish connections with other countries.
I think we were able to re-establish Lok Virsa as a vibrant hub of cultural activity. We were able to systematically attract thousands of children with the help of Federal Board of Education and other partners. Our programs, Craft of the Month, teaching how to make various folk crafts, Children’s Literature Festival in collaboration with Oxford and Idara e Taleem o Aagahi and the language Summer Camp were super successful. For youth, we had tributes to great cultural figures like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Habib Jalib, Aslam Azhar and Amjad Sabri, as well as competitions for Rubab and Saroz playing.
For all ages our program Mandwa, featuring Pakistani and international classic films was successful in generating interest and appreciation of old classics.
To make Lok Virsa truly national we engaged with a full range of diverse ethnic communities and organized programs with them to ensure all communities with different languages, cultures and religions are welcomed at Lok Virsa. We also partnered with the Govt of KP and Balochistan and did elaborate programs with them in those provinces. A competition of Rubab in KP and that of Suroz in Balochistan. Our spread and dissemination was also ensured by going livestream and actually touching people internationally. We live streamed our Mela through our website and since then have been live streaming all our major programs. Lok Virsa produced a TV program for the first time. A half hour program called the Folk Beats for PTV world aired every Sunday. We also became active on social media with a new website and a Facebook page which has increased our spread and engagement with the public. Another way of increasing our spread and ensuring we focus on dissemination is to be producing video DVDs and audio albums and making them accessible to public. We have taken out 14 DVDs which will be launched soon.
Lok Virsa has promoted pluralism and diversity by building sound relationships with all kinds of communities of Pakistan and highlighting their festivals and cultures. We celebrated, Eid with an Eid Mela (2015), Christmas, Nauruz and Holi. We had many ethnic based cultural events like with Hazara community, Gojal community, Afghan community, Sindhi community and many more. The two language and literature Festivals in collaboration with Oxford and Indus cultural forum focused on diversity of language and its significant to retain our culture. These will become annual events to be held at Lok Virsa now. Our Mela also remains a highlight to promote our cultural diversity and with the excellent role media played to accentuate our efforts, we were able to make a mark.
Internationally we have begun our linkages and home that we would establish a working relationship with Smithsonian in Washington DC.
LOK VIRSA also had internal targets in three areas to strengthen the institute itself. The following was achieved in this regard.
– An empowered Board of Governors was established in June 2015, after a gap of two and a half years.
– Lok Virsa Rules were made and passed by the BOG after a gap of 13 years. When the institute was reconstituted in 2002 the new rules were never made.
– The accounts were cleaned up and computerized (a very big challenge, took a whole year and still have pending liabilities)
– Pension Issue almost resolved (mega problems in this area when I came, will take more time to clean up the mess developed over the years)
– Other systems being developed
b) Staff capacity issues
– Some capacity building exercises were done, computer courses, cultural lectures, but this area is a very big challenge
– New people on contract were hired and soon we will be hiring and re building teams.
NEW PROGRAMS IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
We plan to continue our new strategy as it was developed for three years. We continue the following programs:
-Craft of the Month for children and Summer Camp
-Mandwa Film Club – this year we hope to feature Zeba Begum, Nadeem and Saima as our celebrities
Starting with an annual celebration of Mandwa’s success by the members on the 23rd of July with a special feature of film kasoti (quiz show)
-Tributes will continue: this year starting with Ahmad Faraz, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Javed Salamat Bakhshi and then Reshman
– this year we plan to take the Mela out. We will have one in Islamabad in April but will also try to do 2 small ones in Swat and Karachi.
– TV shows will continue
– we will do provincial work with Sindh or Punjab Government, while our collaborations with KP and Balochistan will continue.
Will revamp Lok Virsa Archives with the help of Smithsonian
Establish a folk dance group for regular performances and also for Embassies and Foreign office to capitalize upon
Music classes, initially for Tabla, flute and Rubab
Production of audio albums, video DVDs and discovery of new folk artists.
Improvement in documentation and new collection for the museum.
WE ARE OPEN TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND COMMENTS, AS IT IS ONLY WITH YOUR COOPERATION AND HELP THAT LOK VIRSA CAN SUCCEED. IT IS YOUR INSTITUTION, WE ONLY RUN IT FOR YOU.
Dr. Fouzia Saeed
Executive Director, Lok Virsa