MERA KARACHI MOBILE CINEMA
We hit the road on November 1, 2012 and will hopefully keep going for several years with public funding and support. This collaborative mobile cinema has set up free screenings in various parts of Karachi, using homemade cell phone films and a rickshaw powered projector. We collaborate with residents of various marginalized, migrant and other residential colonies across the city to gather 2-5 minute cell phone videos in response to, ‘What do you do on your day off?’ This project encourages participants to produce self generated media using locally available technology in a culture heavily dependent on consumption. A series of free screenings in the everyday urban spaces of the neighborhoods where the videos are made, then forge connections between people, create intra-ethnic dialogue, transform expectations of public and private space, and create new zones for collectivity and conviviality. The Mobile Cinema Rickshaw that projects these videos on walls and buildings was designed using the local vernacular of transportation and decoration in mind. It is recognizable, yet contemporary in its use of design language, becoming an additional metaphor for the re-thinking of existing spaces and identities. Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema works within the limitations and opportunities provided by the tentative nature of Karachi as a complex urban landscape. The group of Tentative Collective organizers involved in this project embrace nomadic assimilation, criticality, and a desire to be—joyful. Please join us in making this project a success and support us by volunteering your time, submitting a video or by making a donation.
We have been featured in various online publications including Creative Time Reports, ArtAsiaPacific and 3Quarks Daily. New updates are visible on our facebook page. Please click the links to follow our progress.
Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema’ is a sponsored project of Artspire, a Program of NYFA. ARTSPIRE is a 501(c)3, tax exempt organization founded in 1971 to work with the arts community throughout New York State to develop and facilitate programs in all disciplines.
Contributing members (growing list): Yaminay N. Chaudhri (principal), Nausheen H. Anwar (principal advisor), Farhad Mirza (research assistant), Zebunissa Ahmad (community leader), Tariq Baluch (community leader), Dostain Baluch (community leader), Sadia Khatri (winter session coordinator+ blogger), Mariam Quraishi (illustrator), Hania Ansari (graphics), Talha Sabri (intern), Sarah Kazmi (intern), Mohammad Saddique Khan (driver). Muhammad Ali Umer (former audio), Hisham Masud (former member) Shalalae Jamil (former member)—and more.