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SIFF marks Green Carpet debut with ‘The Secret Garden’ film

08:23 PM | 12 Oct, 2022
SIFF marks Green Carpet debut with ‘The Secret Garden’ film

SIFF marks Green Carpet debut with ‘The Secret Garden’ filmSHARJAH - The 9th Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth marked the debut of its eagerly awaited ‘Green Carpet’ event yesterday evening with the screening of the beautifully filmed adaptation, The Secret Garden, at VOX Cinemas in Al Zahia, Sharjah.

This first-of-its-kind event at SIFF offered an opportunity for the audience to engage with the filmmakers and discuss the behind-the-scenes making of the rich, dense film that honours Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic 1911 story of alienation, anger and illness.

The welcoming décor with a refreshing green walkway and inviting floral arch leading to the theatre was a mesmerising spectacle inspired by the film’s pastoral gardenscape.

Directed by Marc Munden, The Secret Garden is  a coming-of-age tale of young orphan Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx) who successfully finds a new lease of life and undergoes a positive transformation as she begins to fall in love with her ‘secret’ garden. The therapeutic power of nature is beautifully presented in the film with magical elements and dazzling performances to match and is brought to life through vivid characterisation, sufficient realism, depiction of human nature and misgivings, suspense and mystery.

During a discussion following the screening of the film, Munden pointed out that at its core, “the film explores the darker theme of grief, and how with the right nurturing and attentive care, broken hearts can be healed by forging a strong connection through nature, allowing it to bloom back to vibrant life.”

The film presents a fair share of pain, troubling sentiments and dramatic twists and turns seamlessly running throughout, and there is active imagination too at play with the characters as they grapple with their own life’s difficulties and loneliness. The film is a telling lesson that all is really not lost if only one could brave up and be curious and imaginative.

At the heart of The Secret Garden is a reverence for nature that stimulates positivity and fodder for Mary to genuinely celebrate life as it is meant to be.  

VOX Cinema Al Zahia will screen Croissant and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain as part of its Green Carpet agenda while Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, Sharjah, will mark its Green Carpet debut with Farha, The Neighbourhood Storyteller, and Paper Flower. 

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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