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Film on forced religious conversion in Pakistan wins at Cannes World Film Festival

'The Losing Side' has won the Best Human Rights film award for the month of November

04:43 PM | 2 Jan, 2023
Film on forced religious conversion in Pakistan wins at Cannes World Film Festival
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Film 'The Losing Side' which documents the issue of forced religious conversion in Sindh has won an award at the Cannes World Film Festival. It bagged the award in the category of Best Human Rights Film for the month of November, the Awards announced in a Facebook post.

The film is based on real events with four victims of forced conversions narrating their stories, said movie director Jawad Sharif while talking to Dawn. Released under the banner of Jawad Sharif Films, the movie was submitted for the awards a couple of months back and it was nominated for the award in mid-December.

Taking to Instagram, Sharif revealed that his movie has won the accolade. “Such good news on the last day of 2022. Our film The Losing Side has won the Best Human Rights Film Award at Cannes World Film Festival,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

Talking about the thought behind the project, Sharif explained the idea was to make a film on the heritage and culture of minorities and how they are preserving it. Minority communities like Hindus and Christians in Sindh face the issues of religious conversions which are sometimes by choice, while some are forced, Mr Sharif said.

In its annual report for the year 2021, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said at least 27 alleged forced conversion cases were reported from Sindh, with a majority of victims belonging to “low-caste or scheduled-caste Hindus and Christians”.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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