Mah E Mir


2016, Pakistan, 149 Minutes, Unrated, Urdu with subtitles
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 10:00 AM


Special Guests: Writer Sarmad Sehbai and event host Ayesha Gilani Taylor

Jamal, a modern-day poet, realizes the struggle to get his work published parallels the challenges Mir Taqi Mir, a renowned poet from the 18th century, experienced as he reads the poet’s biography. Pakistan’s vibrant history of music, dance, and poetry are beautifully showcased as the film jumps between the present and the past to tell the story of intense love and passion that inspires two artists at two different, distinctive times. Ayesha Gilani will host a Q&A session with writer Sarmad Sehbai following the film.



Writer, Mah E Mir

Sarmad Sehbai’s work as a poet, author, playwright and filmmaker highlights his innovative approach to art and culture. His vision is reflected in the diverse languages and mediums he works in, from poetry collections (Neeli Kay Su Rung, Un Kahi Baton Ki Thakan) to Pakistan Television dramas (Naya Qanoon, Toba Tek Singh), theater plays (The Dark Room), a documentary (Mughals of the Road) and his films and dramas (Fankar Gali, Jal Pari and Mar e Mir). In 2016 Pakistan chose Mah e Mir as its entry in the foreign language Academy Awards competition.



Anchor / Reporter / Producer, Voice of America

Ayesha Gilani Taylor is a television anchor, reporter and producer at Voice of America. She is most well-known for her work on the popular television show called Kahani Pakistani (Pakistani tale), a magazine show watched by millions within and outside of PakistanShe is also a writer, model, actor, speaker and holder of ten beauty pageant titles ranging from Miss Pakistan World 2009 to Mrs. District of Columbia USA Earth 2016. She currently runs a production team with her husband. 

Using her own life experiences, she highlights the common threads between all people, and encourages people to challenge their own stereotypes. As Pakistan’s Dawn News wrote, While the world has mostly had Pakistan on their minds for the [backlash] it is suffering from the Talibaan, some Pakistanis have made the international media for their talent, hard work and commitment. Ayesha Gilani is helping to promote ‘the beautiful land of rich culture and traditions’.”

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