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Armed with Faith
Running Time: 74 minutes
Language: Pashto with English subtitles
Venue: Tiburon Library [1501 Tiburon Boulevard]
Director: Geeta Gandbhir & Asad Faruqi
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
After 9/11, Pakistan, an American ally in the global war on terror, is plagued by both homegrown and international terrorism. The small yet heroic Pakistani Bomb Disposal Unit is on the frontline of defense, defusing bombs, navigating land mines and grappling with suicide bombers, all while dealing with financial hardship and familial pressure. Harrowing and suspenseful, Armed with Faith takes us on the ground with this dedicated squad of men who risk their own lives every day for their country.
Armed with Faith follows three men in the bomb disposal unit. Set against a backdrop of increasing attacks, low wages, dwindling resources and economic migration, they face an almost impossible task. A vastly underfunded and under-staffed squad, they rely on benefactors for their equipment. We follow a commander trying to recruit more men, but more unsettlingly, two bomb disposal experts who dedicate their lives to keeping others safe, without necessarily having the correct equipment. Armed with Faith is a powerful tale of personal sacrifice for the greater good. A reminder that those who cause conflict should do more to help the victims.
“A meticulous and compassionate character study” - Point of View Magazine
"A compelling and vital documentary.” - Exposed Magazine
"This film goes to the very heart of the war on terror and asks what is really happening?" - Asian Culture Vulture
“Award-winning filmmakers Asad Faruqi and Geeta Gandbhir and Academy Award-nominated producer Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy show that the real war is still fought at home.” - Huffington Post UK.
“Armed with Faith is a powerful tale of personal sacrifice for the greater good.” - Backseat Mafia
“When [Kathryn Bigelow] describes her film [The Hurt Locker] as ‘different from a documentary, moving past that into something that was raw, immediate, and visceral,’ she could well be talking about Armed With Faith.” - openDemocracy
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