Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's 'I Am Somebody' wins laurels at 40th Milano International FICTS Fest

10:50 PM | 17 Nov, 2023
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's 'I Am Somebody' wins laurels at 40th Milano International FICTS Fest
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The docu-film "I Am Somebody," crafted by two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and directed by a collective of female filmmakers led by Jamillah van der Hulst, has clinched the Guirlande d’Honneur at the prestigious 40th Sport Movies & TV – Milano International FICTS Fest, recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the pinnacle of sports films globally.

Having made waves at several international film festivals, the documentary, featuring football luminary David Beckham in a cameo role, unfolds the compelling narrative of six street-connected children chosen to represent their nations at the Street Child World Cup in Qatar. Hailing from the streets of Brazil and Bangladesh, as well as Pakistan and a refugee camp in Palestine, the film showcases the transformative power of football in kindling hope and positively reshaping the lives of these young protagonists.

Directed by Jamillah van der Hulst from the Netherlands, with assistance from director Dina Amin from Palestine and Rio unit director Maria Clara Costa from Brazil, "I Am Somebody" boasts renowned figures like Mike Downey, producer and chairman of the European Film Academy, and Stephen Daldry, a three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Director, as executive producers.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy says, “Encouraging and rehabilitating street children, offering them a chance to thrive, is something that is commendable. Our journey to capture the stories of these young talents on the streets of Pakistan, showcasing their determination to shine at the World Cup, and proving that they are just as capable as anyone else, serves as an inspiration for all of us. It’s films like these that make you realize that it is so important to create opportunities for young people. We’re excited to share the film with the rest of the world.”

Director Jamillah van der Hulst reflects on working with the main characters, stating, “It is hard to imagine that over 100 million children live on the streets today. They often are neglected and forgotten. But these children show resilience and despite the extremely challenging circumstances they keep hope for a better future. The children in I Am Somebody opened up to us and their strong characters and touching stories are an inspiration to everyone they meet.”

"I Am Somebody" is an independent production by 5th Element Group (USA), Rebel with a Cause (USA), SOC Films (Pakistan), and JaJa Film Productions (Netherlands), with post-production support from Amsterdam-based Media. Monks.

After its World Premiere at Festival do Rio (Brazil) in October 2023, the film has graced screenings at prestigious festivals, including Cambridge Film Festival (UK), the Women in Film and Television event in Cyprus, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (USA), Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and Milano International FICTS Fest in November 2023. The documentary is also set to be featured at the Dhaka International Film Festival in January 2024.


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies - Check forex rates here

Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 2 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45  77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold registers big fall in Pakistan; check today gold rates in Pakatan - 2 December 2023

The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 2 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Karachi PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Islamabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Peshawar PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Quetta PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sialkot PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Attock PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujranwala PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Jehlum PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Multan PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Bahawalpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujrat PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nawabshah PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Chakwal PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Hyderabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nowshehra PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sargodha PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Faisalabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Mirpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705


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