Rochester filmmaker Mara Ahmed enlightened filmgoers two years ago with PBS and film festival screenings of The Muslims I Know, a documentary that strove to broaden the images of Muslims beyond post-9/11 media stereotypes. Now she’s back with a follow-up, Pakistan One on One, a 30-minute documentary debuting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Little Theatre.
Pakistan One on One employs the classic man-on-the-street interview technique to explore opinions and attitudes in Lahore, Pakistan, as professors, students, shop-keepers and others are asked about the war on terror, the Taliban, democracy in Pakistan, and American foreign policy in the region.
Like any man-on-the-street survey, it’s less than scientific; yet, it offers a thoughtful range of opinions from citizens in a nation that’s frequently in the news, and frequently considered a key in the war on terror. The film includes an appealing music score by Rochester-based musician Sunny Zaman and his band.
Ahmed holds master’s degrees in economics and business administration, and worked on business analysis for firms in both the United States and Pakistan. She then became interested in cinema, studied art at Nazareth College, and film at Visual Studies Workshop and Rochester Institute of Technology.
A panel discussion with the filmmaker and various educators will follow the Little screening. Admission is $10. For information, go to www.NeelumFilms.com or www.thelittle.org.