Kuchee Talkies is an ongoing traveling film festival run by Matteela Films. The name ‘Kuchee Talkies’ which literally means a temporary screen was in use for travelling /mobile screens up until cinema halls and theatres replaced temporary screens. It is in the context of a dearth of cinema halls; film festivals and generally film going culture that Matteela Films seeks to revive the culture of temporary and mobile screens. These film screenings take place in popular city centres of Karachi and will be open to the public and free.
Kuchee Talkies has previously had three successful runs supported by the Karachi Youth Initiative. In the first project, Zinda Bhaag a film produced by our company which went on to become Pakistan’s Oscar entry after a gap of fifty years was screened in low income areas of Korangi. A total no. of 60 screenings took place drawing more than 18,000 people. In the second run, a yet to be theatrically released feature film on the widespread involvement of the youth in gang violence titled Gardaab was screened in 10 localities such as Lyari and Korangi with support coming from local volunteers and community-based organizations. Starting in February 2015 and running up to June 2015, we have started doing fortnightly screenings of independent and socially relevant cinema from South Asia on issues as varied as caste discrimination, religious extremism and gender discrimination. More than 300 people (mostly students) attend these screenings and discuss the film afterwards.