The inaugural ceremony was graced by the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Sun Weidong. Other honourable guests included Director General PNCA Ifitkhar Babar, film director and President of the Pakistan Film Producers Association (PPFA) Syed Noor, as well as the Representative of Shanghai Association of Film Distribution and Exhibition.
The three-day event screened four renowned Chinese films: River (by Sonthar Gyal), ATA (by Chakme Rinpoche), The Verse of Us (by Wu Feiyue), and Young Love Lost (by Xiang Guoqiang). The movies were very well-received by the Pakistani audience. Despite the language barrier occasionally faced by the viewers, powerful acting and direction ensured that the message and emotions contained in each film were conveyed to the audience in the most passionate manner.
In 1905, China saw the release of its first film, The Battle of Dingjunshan. In its early years, Shanghai was the epicentre of all cinematic activity in China. The release of the first sound film – Sing-Song Girl Red Peony – also occurred during this stage, and consequently, the 1930s became known as the first “golden period” of Chinese cinema. However, the beginning of the new millennium has revolutionized the Chinese industry, with several actors kicking off their careers on an international level.
At the inaugural ceremony, H.E. Mr. Sun Weidong expressed his joy upon seeing the large turnout of local people to celebrate Chinese culture and the friendship between the two countries. He said that the festival will benefit people from both countries as it will help them develop a deeper understanding of the culture, history and experiences of Chinese film and art. He further added that promoting bilateral relations between Pakistan and China was essential – now more than ever – as the two countries have great plans of advancing towards a brighter future together.
Famed Pakistani film director Syed Noor said that more events of this nature should be conducted to promote friendly relations between the two countries. Noor believes the next step to stimulate the media industries of the two nations should be to encourage film producers from both sides of the border to come together and plan joint productions.
The Director General of PNCA, Iftikhar Babar was optimistic that such events will increase in frequency in the future. Babar believes the Chinese Film Week would have an immensely positive impact on the Pakistani film industry by helping our people get acquainted with modern techniques employed by the Chinese film industry. He was confident that joint productions in films and drama were at the cusp now. Lastly, he added that the China-Pakistan Cultural Corridor (CPCC) was performing a pivotal role in creating a bridge for people of both countries to understand each other better and forge a friendship that will be unbreakable in the years to come.
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