Postcards from Karachi (2011)


Eliza Griswold in Pakistan reporting on the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Writer and reporter ELIZA GRISWOLD (The Tenth Parallel, Farrar Straus Giroux) was in Karachi, Pakistan conducting workshops sponsored by the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa when suddenly Osama bin Laden was killed and the country was thrown into turmoil. She was asked to report on the general feelings and fears of the Pakistani people for the Daily Beast. This short documentary by Ram Devineni provides insights on the complexities of reporting in difficult areas during turbulent times.

The documentary is an exclusive to GUERNICA magazine and produced by Rattapallax in association with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

RAM DEVINENI is the editor and publisher of Rattapallax magazine and a film-maker who is currently producing a documentary, THE HUMAN TOWER and a three-part travel documentary TV series called ON THE ROAD about endangered languages. He is one of the founding partners of Academia Internacional de Cinema, the first independent film school in Brazil.


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  • We regret the passing, on April 11, 2024, of the distinguished Romanian author and critic Dan Cristea, who served as the editor in chief of the Luceafărul de Dimineață cultural monthly. In addition to being an alum of the 1985 Fall Residency, Cristea received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

  • Our congratulations to 1986 Fall Residency writer Kwame Dawes, who has been named the new poet laureate of Jamaica.

  • Congratulations to our colleagues Jennifer Croft and Aron Aji, who are among those serving as judges for the National Book Awards this year, in their case in the category of translated literature.

  • Ranjit Hoskote’s speech at the 2024 Goa Literary Festival addresses the current situation in Gaza.

  • In NY Times, Bina Shah worries about the state of Pakistani—and American—democracy.

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