“I think the culture corridor should be the strongest"
A Pakistan and China film award ceremony has been held in Beijing to promote cultural exchanges.
The Federal Minister for National Heritage and Culture Syed Jamal Shah said it was important to build bridges between Pakistan and China through art and culture.
He went on to say that the impact would be long-lasting.
Ba’Tie Girl is the first film co-produced by Pakistan and China and highlights the friendship between the two countries.
It has been produced by Hunarkada Production and China Film Administration.
Speaking about the event, Jamal Shah said:
“The opportunity for us to work with our Chinese brothers and sisters and express our bonds through people-to-people contacts, and bridges in the form of art such as film will make our friendship more resilient and more lasting.
“I think the culture corridor should be the strongest, not because I am an artist myself, but because art and culture are the best possible means of communication.
“It is the most effective one.
“We are planning to organise a cultural caravan by the end of this year aimed at transcending economic ties and strengthening cultural bonds between Pakistan, China and the Central Asian States.”
It was stated that the process would begin in Xi’an and would travel through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, UAE, Oman and finally, Pakistan, where it will pass Gwadar and Karachi before the final destination in Islamabad.
Cut is another film that will be produced by both countries and the movie is based on the varied Pakistani film industry.
The film focuses on the troubles a filmmaker goes through to bring the Pakistani film industry back to glory.
They are joined by their friends from China to help them in their venture, and eventually, they are successful.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Moin-ul-Haque spoke of the film and said:
“The film is about the empowerment of women, friendship, resilience, tolerance and understanding.
“I think it is also about the goodness that you find in each other’s heart.”
As well as the Federal Minister for National Heritage and Culture, Jamal Shah is also an actor, director, sculptor, writer and painter.
He obtained a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Balochistan in 1978 and graduated from the National College of Arts In Lahore in 1983.
In his acting career, he is most recognised for his role as Syed Shahab Shah in the drama Saaya-e-Deewar Bhi Nahi.