The certificate distribution ceremony of a documentary-making course was held at the South Asian Media School (SAMS) on Saturday where 25 students from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan were awarded certificates.
Addressing the ceremony, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Secretary General IA Rehman said the art of making documentaries had gained popularity after the World War-II and brought a realistic approach to the cinematic art. He said this art had lost importance in Pakistan as it had been reduced to merely shabby reels. However, he said, some people were trying to revive this art in the country. He said SAMS was doing a wonderful job by facilitating the students of the region in promoting this art.
GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab congratulated the students for successfully completing the course at SAMS. He praised the subject and its treatment at the hands of the students during the making of various documentaries.
SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam said Pakistan-India tension had had an adverse impact on the SAMS activities. He urged the students to use analytical skills and practical knowledge of the subject instead of mere rhetoric.