19 May 2014: Pakistan Calling is a series of films that depict Pakistani civil society organisations and individuals attempting to tackle the country's many pressing social problems and the many links between Britain and Pakistan.

The films also seek to highlight those Pakistani civil society organisations and individuals attempting to tackle the country's many pressing social problems
If you want to understand a city talk to its ambulance and bus drivers, which is what RSA Pakistan Calling has been able to do, thanks to our partnership with Karachi University Visual Studies department. This film offers a fascinating insight into the experiences of bus drivers in Karachi, demonstrating how public servants are often disrespected by those with power and wealth. Discussions also delve into law and order, corruption, fears of sectarian violence, as well as their views on democracy and Britain. This film was made by the University of Karachi Visual studies department with the kind support of The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development.

This film is part of  RSA Pakistan Calling. The Royal Society of Arts & Commerce and The Samosa launched RSA Pakistan Calling to promote constructive cross-cultural dialogue between Britain and Pakistan. The films depict Pakistani civil society organisations and individuals attempting to tackle the country's many pressing social problems and the many links between Britain and Pakistan. Over sixty films have gone on line depicting lives and issues in Pakistan unseen by the mainstream.

From ambulance drivers and disability welfare projects in Karachi; minority rights workers and street children’s welfare in Lahore; women rights activists in Islamabad, archaeologists in Sindh and conflict resolution / peace activists in Kashmir.

The films witness life through the eyes of ordinary and extraordinary Pakistanis.  The films also seek to highlight those Pakistani civil society organisations and individuals attempting to tackle the country's many pressing social problems and the many links between Britain and Pakistan.

The films help these groups in their advocacy, at a time when Pakistan is at risk of isolation due to conflict in the region and the YouTube ban. Show your support by watching and sharing the films with your colleagues, friends and family, spread the word for the organisations and groups featured in the films. All films are on Vimeo and can be viewed at  www.thersa.org/pkcalling

You can read more about Pakistan Calling in an article by Anwar Akhtar on Philanthropy Impact or you can follow @aakhtar on Twitter. If you are interested in finding out more, including how to submit a film, visit the Pakistan Calling web pages or email info@thesamosa.org.uk

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