Karachi’s feminists organise a woman’s march, coming up against Pakistan’s state, media and radical religious right. Filmmaker Anam Abbas follows the march’s organisers as they negotiate a deeply surveilled, paranoia-inducing, and often physically violent space in the hopes of spurring a revolution for women’s rights. A philosophical work, This Stained Dawn is not just about the “Aurat March”, but about the act of political organising itself.
About the Director
Anam Abbas is a Pakistan based Pakistani/ Canadian filmmaker. She runs Other Memory Media in Pakistan and is also one of the founding members of the Documentary Association of Pakistan (DAP). As a producer and Dp her first feature Showgirls of Pakistan, winner of the Best Pitch Award at the 2016 Hotdocs Forum, premiered in competition at IDFA in 2020. Her latest fiction short Saya, co-directed with Fawzia Mirza, was selected to play in competition at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2019. Anam was among the organisers of the Aurat Marches in Karachi in 2018 and in Islamabad in 2019.