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Shireen Pasha, Pakistani documentary filmmaker

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Shireen Pasha is a notable documentary film maker and head of the film department of Pakistan’s National College of Arts. We sat together in Lahore after coming back from South Punjab where we’d gone to document the rebuilding and resettling of villages after the devastating floods of 2010 and 2012 for our documentary After the Floods.  In our conversation, Shireen talks about her early life, about her deep interest in Lahore’s history and her passion for the town in which, incidentally, I was born and grew up.  She then shares with us the philosophy, politics and practice of how she makes documentary films.

Produced by Tony Ernst and last broadcast on WPKN 89.5 on June 10, 2015

Recorded at Sanjannagar Audio Recording Studio, Lahore, Pakistan.

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Danika Padilla: activist

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Danika Padilla,18-year old homeschooled activist, recently back in the US after five months of activism in Palestine, describes what she witnessed and experienced of life under Israeli occupation. (Produced by Tony Ernst and broadcast on WPKN on May 13, 2015.)

There’s no such place as home!

This is a very personal conversation from a few years ago with two school chums from boarding school days who. like me, grew up in India, Pakistan and other places and who, like me, are “third culture kids”, also known … View full post

Moving sets you in motion

My journal page

This, my third Tidings program (broadcast in 2008) was based on actual notes from the journal I kept during my move from Manhattan to Mattituck (1999) after which I shared my odyssey during conversations with three others who described the upheaval and the uplifting experiences of their moves. … View full post

Jen Marlowe: activist, author, filmmaker

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Jen Marlowe, a tireless and imaginative social justice activist, with a lifelong commitment to fight for human rights wherever in the world she sees them abused, uses whatever medium, device, initiatives or creations, for her numerous “donkeysaddle” projects that she … View full post

Writing letters (Part I): a conversation with Jenny Bhatt

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This is the first of a two-part series on the art, craft and practice of letter writing.  An avid letter writer myself, I invited Jenny Bhatt, a kindred spirit and editor of Storyacious, a fine new literary magazine in which … View full post

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There’s no such place as home

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A personal story in which my two school friends, Midge and Pat, talk about being Third Culture Kids and our life growing up in India and Pakistan and at Woodstock School in Mussoorie. RIP Midge, we love you and miss … View full post

When Jews Found Refuge in Pakistan

Growing Up Jewish in Lahore — And in an Internment Camp COURTESY OF HAZEL KAHAN Not Your Typical German Anti-Nazis: From left, Hazel Kahan, her mother Kate, and her brother Michael, in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1948.   By Gabe Friedman Published October … View full post

The Story of Leafages

Yet why not say what happened? Here’s everything I have to say about leafages since I made the first one in the year 2000.  It was published by the wonderful Storyacious magazine.

Afghan teenagers speak out about US troops

Global Days of Listening is the project of Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) who invite people around the world to talk directly on the 21st of each month via livestream and Skype sessions with youth in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries, to listen … View full post

My own private letter writer

Now a dying species, letter writers were a staple of Lahore culture when I was growing; they were literate and multilingual in a society where the majority was illiterate.  Despite the competition from technology and literacy, letter writers still survive, … View full post

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