Dir. Mazhar Zaidi
Status: In Production
Supported by: Asian Network For Documentaries, Busan, South Korea
The film is about the life and times of a centurian Christian photo journalist of Pakistan. In Faustin Elmer Chaudhry’s Pakistan, Christians and Hindus lived without fear, women rode to work on bikes and local bars served German beer. Much has changed since then.
Looking through the lens of Mr Chaudhry the film tries to unearth an alternative history of some of the major events that shaped contemporary Pakistan. The film journeys through the personal stories behind some of the iconic images that he took during his career spanning over five decades, to reveal the politicfal life of a country constantly undergoing profound changes.
FE Chaudhry, as he is commonly known, started photography in the early 1920s as a young boy in Lahore and went on to become one of the leading photo journalists of Punjab in united India. After the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, Mr Chaudhry chose to carry on living in the new state of Pakistan along with most of his Catholic community. He worked with two important dailies of those times, The Civil and Military Gazette and later The Pakistan Times. He has photographed extensively not only covering major news events but also documenting the social and cultural life of the city of Lahore from 1930s to the end of 1970s.
With complete access to his rare archive, the film will portray the transformation of Pakistani society and its political culture through his memories and photographs.
Take a sneak preview into the life of FE Chaudhry: