OCTOBER 4 || 7PM || Ronald Geballe Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle
Tasveer continues the celebration of South Asian films and stories with a remarkable documentary on the life of Pakistan’s tragic genius and Nobel Laureate, Physicist Abdus Salam.
Recognizing an emerging documentary film tradition in Pakistan, we are thrilled to present this documentary as our Centerpiece event.
Join us to watch the story of Abdus Salam, followed by a discussion and reception with producers Omar Vandal and Zakir Thaver, as well as director/editor Anand Kamalakar.
“A vital piece of our history. I highly recommend this wonderful documentary.”
– Mahershala Ali, Oscar-winning Actor
“A film on him is very timely. His story of brilliance needs to be told and amplified.”
– Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate
Proudly presented by Tasveer and UW South Asia Center.
Salam: The First ****** Nobel Laureate
74 mins || English || US || 2017
Salam is the definitive story of Abdus Salam, the first Pakistani to win the Nobel prize. The film captures in vivid detail his life’s journey—from a small village in Pakistan to worldwide scientific acclaim—and his fraught relationship with his homeland, where he faced rejection for being a member of the “heretical” Ahmadiyya movement.
OMAR VANDAL received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis studying tuberculosis at the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City, and now lives in Seattle.
ZAKIR THAVER is a Science/Education Media Producer. After majoring in physics from the College of Wooster, Zakir worked as a Consultant for Granada America in New York. He produced a UNESCO funded science TV series in Pakistan, and has worked in curriculum development as well as distance learning via TV at the Aga Khan University.
Anand Kamalakar is a Brooklyn based film director, producer and editor. Heart of Stone, a film he produced and edited, won over ten awards including Best Film at Slamdance Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival. It also won an award for Best Editing at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Anand has worked as an editor for Primetime (ABC), Dateline (NBC) and 20/20 (ABC) and was the editor of the 2004 Emmy nominated ABC special on the Iraq war titled Brothers in Arms. Anand was also a creative consultant on the academy award-winning documentary Born Into Brothels. His last project Holy (un)Holy River premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and has won several awards around the world.