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Insha’Allah Democracy

Voting in Pakistan's first election, a filmmaker has to choose between a religious hardliner or a secular liberal leader who happens to be a former military dictator.
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Overview

In "Insha'Allah Democracy," filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi chronicles his journey as a first-time voter in Pakistan. When Mohammed was 19, General Pervez Musharraf staged a coup d’etat that saw him in power until his exile in 2008. With the country growing increasingly unstable and sectarian, Mohammed chose to back Musharraf and his supposedly secular liberal platform. But as this wry satire explores, backing military dictatorship is never a good idea. Gaining remarkable access to former dictator Musharraf, the film questions if democracy is truly possible in Pakistan. Through moving first-person accounts and vivid footage, the film offers a compelling portrait of the contradictions and complexities of a nascent democratic process in a country recovering from a long history of military rule.

About

Mohammed Ali Naqvi (Mo) is an internationally celebrated filmmaker, whose work has won over forty prestigious awards and honors, including a Special Emmy, two Amnesty International Human Rights Awards, and a Grand Prix from the United Nations Association Festival. He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a Cinema Eye Honor, and the UNESCO-FELLINI Prize. He is also an alumnus of top festivals including Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, and Busan, and an American Film Institute and National Endowment of the Arts Fellow.

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Insha’Allah Democracy

01: Insha’Allah Democracy

Voting in Pakistan's first election, filmmaker Mohammed Naqiv chronicles his journey choosing between a religious hardliner or a former military dictator. Through wry satire, Naviq interviews the candidates, wondering if democracy in Pakistan is truly possible; a country on the precipice.

82 min