Amtul Baweja expresses excitement over "Solatia" entering Red Sea Film Festival

06:38 PM | 22 Oct, 2023
Amtul Baweja
Source: Amtul Baweja (Instagram)

Pakistani actress, comedian and co-founder of Patangeer, Amtul Baweja, who also plays the protagonist in the short film, Solatia, said that she is “very excited” over her project entering the Red Sea Film Festival, scheduled to happen in Jeddah next month.

“I’m very, very excited, because it happens to be our first submission,” Baweja spoke to Arab News. “And of course, getting selected on your first submission is, I think, a win in itself.”

Directed by Pakistani filmmaker, Hira Yousafzai, and co-produced by Hirra Farooqi, Solatia, will be competing with entries from Germany, Indonesia, the US, Iran, and South Africa at the prestigious festival.

The short film revolves around Zamda — essayed by Baweja — a displaced woman living in shelter with others. The despondent woman spends time looking through old photos of her missing husband as she longs for him.

Speaking of the short film and her moving character, Baweja said, “As soon as I read the script, I was like, ‘Okay, I need to do this, I need to make this happen. I want to do this.’ And I think wherever this film will be played, people will relate to it.”

“Despite losing everything, Zamda is a strong character. You can see from the start that Zamda is a very, very strong woman. She’s not afraid to stand up for what’s right.”

Farooqi, a first-generation Canadian immigrant with Afghan-Pakistani parents, brilliantly defined how immigrants are “merely looked at as numbers and are often not humanized,” and said that she wanted to “humanize their stories.”

“We wanted to humanize their stories by tying in these themes of hope, love, loss, resilience, through the characters and through the compassion that they feel for one another,” she said.

Baweja's Solatia is one of only two Pakistani short films and 14 entries in total competing in the Red Sea: Shorts Competition at the festival’s third edition scheduled to take place in Jeddah from November 30 to December 9.

The writer is a staff member.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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