The indigenous people of the Kalash region of Pakistan are fighting for survival because their age-old culture is unique and differs drastically from the various ethnic groups surrounding them. As part of their religious traditions, sacrifices are offered and festivals held to give thanks for the abundant resources of their three valleys. Singing and dancing are also a vital part of their culture and festivals.
Poor health facilities with unavailability of doctors are a risk to the lives of many Kalashis. The education system is weak and there are no institutes for higher education. Kalahsis have no privacy in their own land and are vulnerable to the depredations of tourism. The Pakistani government too does not provide much help. Despite this gloomy scenario there are some people in Kalash who have made a difference in the lives of their community.
[director]Irfan Ali Shah works as a producer and director in a private TV channel and has made numerous documentaries, magazine shows and reality shows. His documentary Dawn of Hope was screened in the SAFMA National Festival.
Afsheen Sajid Ali started her career as a freelance documentary maker. She now works for leading television network, focusing on human-interest stories, particularly those of trauma and women in conflict. Her work has been nominated, selected, screen on various forums and festivals.[/director]