I am a Pakistani filmmaker, living and working in Dubai. Many of my previous films have centered on women’s issues, especially those who live in the developing world and are vulnerable to conditions caused by poverty and inequality in their societies. I started to research the tragedy of human trafficking when mentoring a young student in Dubai who was doing a project on the subject. I had been searching for a story idea that could be set in Nepal, and found the statistics of human trafficking in that country staggering: an estimated 5,000 – 10,000 women are trafficked to India alone every year. This is not a problem for just Nepal or India; human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion for traffickers. “Pari of Pokhara” is the first original production of IYMS Films, the new production company of the 15-year old International Youth Media Summit (IYMS). The annual IYMS event brings together filmmakers from all over the world to create media that inspires young people to challenge the issues destroying the peace and well-being of their societies. Human trafficking is an issue that our multi-country production cast and crew could all relate to, as well as everyone from our 64-country Summit network. It is my hope that “Pari of Pokhara” will give a human face to this global tragedy and bring awareness to this issue.
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