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. 


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 20, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 20, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 282.7 285.7
Euro EUR 299.5 302.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 341.5 345
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.25 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.2 76
Australian Dollar AUD 186 188.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.69 761.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 41.09 41.49
Danish Krone DKK 40.41 40.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.1 36.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.43 3.54
Japanese Yen JPY 2.6 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.9 931.9
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.99 63.59
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.91 176.91
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.69 26.99
Omani Riyal OMR 735.95 743.95
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.37 78.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 26.97 27.27
Swiss Franc CHF 304.79 307.29
Thai Bhat THB 8.24 8.39

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 20 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Monday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.  

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.  

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Karachi PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Islamabad PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Peshawar PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Quetta PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Sialkot PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Attock PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Gujranwala PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Jehlum PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Multan PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Bahawalpur PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Gujrat PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Nawabshah PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Chakwal PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Hyderabad PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Nowshehra PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Sargodha PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Faisalabad PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Mirpur PKR 208200 PKR 2390


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