Fun in Post-Conflict Liyari
Khel Khel Mein (Playing at the Boundary) is a documentary by Dr. Nida Kirmani in which she explores the nature of fun in a feminist light. This is the story of three young girls from the area of Lyari in Karachi that is known for being one of the most conflict-ridden parts of the city. However, Lyari is also one of the oldest, most diverse, and vibrant parts of the city. All of the young girls featured in this documentary are pushing gender boundaries in their own unique ways and gaining mobility and freedom after the disastrous effects of conflict and gang wars in Lyari. Mehreen is a champion boxer. Zulekha teaches girls and young women how to cycle and takes them out for regular rides, and Sidu is an activist who challenges gender roles and binaries. All three are struggling to bring a change in their communities and in society in general and having fun in the process! Furthermore, they also talk about the effects of war on their lives and experiences as children and how it evolved them as adults.
You can watch the documentary here: https://vimeo.com/484175231 (password: playing)
There was also a virtual film screening and panel discussion event ‘Exploring Feminism and Fun through Film’ with Dr. Nida Kirmani and Dr. Shilpa Phadke, moderated by Dr. Kamran Asdar which you can access on the Facebook page of Saida Waheed Gender Initiative (LUMS). https://www.facebook.com/genderatlums/videos/952966668771903