Identity/Pehchaan to be streamed on www.selfietv.co on July 3rd 2021
Dubai: Dubai based online channel and production house Selfie TV is all set to launch the much-awaited documentary on one of Pakistan’s most prominent photographers, Mobeen Ansari. The documentary follows the work and personal life journey of Mobeen Ansari, who is widely celebrated for his portrayal of Pakistan’s landscapes, people and stories. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including Canada, China, Italy, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
Sahar Mahmud – Selfie TV says, “Pehchaan is an Urdu word, and in English it means “Identity”. The title came long after the documentary was complete. We wanted a word that spoke about the essence of this film and we realized while compiling Mobeen’s work that he is in a constant state of connecting to his roots. His own story lies within the stories of the people, places and historic sites that be captures so beautifully. This has been a journey for us as well, since the time we began filming in 2019 until today when we are about to release the film. We are grateful to tell the story of one of the most phenomenal storytellers of our times.”
“Being part of this documentary was also a journey that helped me better understand not only my work, but myself as a person and it was a deep dive into some of my most memorable journeys and encounters that I was able to share through this film. We filmed the documentary, whilst I was showing my work in the UAE. It was nothing short of an adventure working with team Selfie TV and W2W events for this documentary and experiencing the hospitality of Dubai. I have always attempted to explore my own identity, by traveling and photographing heritage sites, culture and people across the country. It is an ever-evolving journey that continues today” adds Mobeen Ansari
The Documentary is titled “Identity” / “Pehchaan”. The filming of the documentary began in September 2019 when Mobeen was in the UAE for his solo exhibitions and the work continued over a span of two years and will be released on Selfie TV’s channel on 3rd of July 2021.
Mobeen has also authored two books. His first one, ‘Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation’, features portraits of iconic people of Pakistan from all walks of life and his second book, called ‘White in the Flag’ is based on lives & festivities of religious minorities of Pakistan. As a filmmaker, his two films include ‘Hellhole”, which is an award wining black and white short film, based on the life of a sanitation worker, and “Lady of the Emerald Scarf” is based on the life of Aziza, a carpet maker in Hunza.