Seven vertical miles: First prize, our diverse Pakistan


This film by Ali Haider, Ali Baloch, Hassan Zia and Zeeshan Haider won the first prize of Rs500,000 in and Deutsche Welle’s video story contest, #ItHappensOnlyinPakistan on the theme #OurDiversePakistan.

Seven Vertical Miles takes the viewers on a journey several miles under the ground, deep into the coal mines in Balochistan. These coal mines are approximately 3,700 ft deep, and the workers travel in and out through manual rail-carts while risking their lives every single day. For members of the Hazara community working in the mines though, life is equally hard both above and below the ground.

The film was chosen as a winner out of 200 entries. —————-

It Happens Only In Pakistan is a nationwide video story contest organised by and Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster.

This time, the theme for the contest was sharing stories under the hashtag #OurDiversePakistan, and invited filmmakers from all over Pakistan to submit short documentary-styled videos that captured stories of unsung, unique Pakistani heroes.

Jury for the contest included noted Pakistani documentary filmmakers Jami and Babar Sheikh. The contest accepted entries from July 5 to August 25, 2019.

Comments are closed.