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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  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

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  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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