Silk Road Film Fest poses more Pakistan-China film collaboration
The upcoming movie to be jointly produced by Pakistan with its time-tested friend China will focus on international trade cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI The movie "The Journey, is all the more relevant since CPEC has brought Pakistanis and Chinese closer than ever before, according to China.org.cn, a media website on Monday.
Announcing the plans, director of the script writing committee of the China Television Artists Association, Wang Haiping, revealed that the film will be based on real-life stories and will highlight the intimate friendship of the people from the two countries.
At the recently concluded Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF), Pakistan participated for the first time with the film "Teefa in Trouble." Producer of the film, Ali Zafar, pitched for expanding multilateral film cooperation in a conference chaired by Miao Xiaotian, president of the China Film Co-Production.
Although a cultural agreement between Pakistan and China was signed in 1965, more recently has there been a focus towards intensifying the exchanges.
In a meeting between Pakistan's Minister of Information and Broadcasting and China's Minister of Culture and Tourism in February this year, an executive program of the Cultural Agreement for 2018-2022 was signed which holds immense potential for bridging cultural and language barriers.
Apart from government to government contacts, the people of Pakistan and China share common values that are embedded deep into their cultures.
Their customs are derived from strong familial cords, mutual respect and close adherence to traditions. Through films they will be able to further understand one another, gain from each other's heritage, and strengthen their bond of friendship which has transcended all challenges of history.
With the launch of CPEC, several economic openings with China have become available for Pakistanis. As a result, mandarin learning fever in Pakistan is in full swing. This growing mandarin audience offers opportunities for Chinese filmmakers which can be utilized not only for enhancing ties but also for commercial purposes.
The same is true for Pakistani filmmakers intending to build on the vast Chinese film market. Considering the historic affinity of Chinese people for Pakistan, Urdu movies subtitled or dubbed in Chinese language are bound to succeed. Increased revenues from China will ensure commercial growth for Pakistani filmmakers and ultimately improve production qualities.
A way forward is to undertake multi-layered collaborations. Foremost should be close coordination between cultural and film authorities of the two countries. Continued interaction between Pakistan's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and China's Film Group Corporation will ensure that both are on the same page when launching joint projects and facilitating private investors. – APP