New honour: Mah-e-Mir wins big at Guam International Film Festival

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Anjum Shahzad’s ‘Mah-e-Mir’ recently earned a big honour by winning big at the Guam International Film Festival.

The drama film, inspired by the famed madness of 18th century Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir, was awarded the Best Narrative Film Award at the festival taking place in Guam, a small island located in the western Pacific Ocean (for those who are curious).

The film, stars Iman Ali, Sanam Saeed, Fahad Mustafa and Alyy Khan. The film has also been selected as Pakistan’s official submission for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film Award category at the 89th Academy Awards.

Besides Mah-e-Mir, a documentary on K2 titled K2 and the Invisible Footmen also won the award for Best Documentary Feature. The film depicts the courage and everyday sacrifices of porters that go unacknowledged. It also provides a fresh look into Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely being a land of strife.

Mah-e-Mir was screened as a part of the official selection amidst 60 films.

Director Anjum Shehzad was present to receive the award after the film’s special screening.