Hindustan Times Review - Life of an ex-dictator: A documentary on Pervez Musharraf throws some uncomfortable questions

Hindustan Times published a review on Insha'Allah Democracy on January 14, 2018.

The writer, Kanika Sharma, says: In the film, there is a dramatic build-up to the scene where Musharraf finally sets foot on Pakistani soil again, and is anti-climactically placed under house arrest, in 2013.

Facing him is a unique election — the first civilian transfer of power in Pakistan. Every head of state before this, all the way back to 1947, has either been assassinated, unseated in a coup, or impeached.


Full text of the article is here: https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/life-of-an-ex-dictator-a-documentary-on-pervez-musharraf-throws-some-uncomfortable-questions/story-RLbbw0TDHknReu3DE2P3oM.html

Insha'Allah Democracy Review - Filmmaker Magazine

Filmmaker Magazine published a review of Insha'Allah Democracy on December 4th, 2017.

The article, written by Kaleem Aftab, is titled ' “He Was On Facebook, Having Trouble with His Computer, So I Helped Him…”: Mohammed Naqvi Talks Filming Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Insha’Allah Democracy, ' and also features an interview with Mo Naqvi.


Full text of the article is here: https://filmmakermagazine.com/103974-he-was-on-facebook-having-trouble-with-his-computer-so-i-helped-him-mohammed-naqvi-talks-filming-former-pakistani-present-pervez-musharraf-in-inshaallah-democracy/#.Wo0-IpP1UWo

Insha'Allah Democracy Review - Santiago Times

Santiago Times writer Mohsin Abbas wrote a review of Insha'Allah Democracy on December 17th, 2017.

He says: This fascinating film fits nicely into the catalog of Mo’s masterpieces showing he has much more to offer to the world of cinema. But more importantly, it is a tale of unshakable belief in peace and progress, and is very relevant to the prevailing political situation in Pakistan where Gen. Musharraf’s arch-rival Nawaz Sharif has been forced out over corruption allegations by country’s top court, a year short of completing his third tenure as Prime Minister, while the former military dictator is reconstructing his political trajectory.


Full text of the article is here: http://santiagotimes.cl/2017/12/17/inshaallah-democracy-a-new-documentary-on-the-political-comeback-of-pakistans-dictator-gen-pervez-musharraf/

Pervez Musharraf's movie 'Insha'Allah Democracy' premiered at SDF

HIP Cinema's Saira Khan wrote about Insha'Allah Democracy's Sheffield Doc Fest premiere in her post on June 17, 2017.

She writes: In this personal exploration of the politics turbulent post 9/11 Pakistan, filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi has gone in search of a leader who can keep him safe in a climate of escalating terror attacks. He finds himself drawn to the exiled, enigmatic General Musharraf and films him over four years, during which the former president who hopes to govern once again, is soon accused of treason.


Full text of the article is here: https://www.hipinpakistan.com/news/1152737/pervez-musharrafs-movie-inshaallah-democracy-premiered-at-sdf

Sheffield Doc Fest 2017 – India Focus and also documentaries from Pakistan, discovering other realities. . .

Asian Culture Vulture mentions Insha'Allah Democracy as a focus of Sheffield Doc Fest in a post on June 8, 2017.

The article says: filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi goes on a very personal search for a leader who he can trust and believe in to keep him safe in the post 9/11 world.

He latches on to General Pervez Musharraf, and follows his fortunes as the general makes the switch from soldier leader to civilian politician. Musharraf who ruled Pakistan as a military dictator quickly finds himself charged with treason and the film follows him over a four-year period.


Full text of the article is here: http://asianculturevulture.com/portfolios/sheffield-doc-fest-2017-india-focus-documentaries-pakistan-discovering-other-realities/

‘Insha’Allah Democracy’ – Meet my friend the former military dictator Pervez Musharraf…

Asian Culture Vulture published an article on Insha'Allah Democracy on Jun 17, 2017.

They say: For anyone interested in contemporary politics in Pakistan this is a must watch – but it is also much more and offers a deeper and more balanced perspective on the wider geo-political currents that shape that country’s internal affairs.

Entertaining, and enlightening, and even very funny in places, director Mohammed ‘Mo’ Naqvi’s film, ‘Insha’Allah Democracy’ is one part exploration of former Pakistan military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, and another, an examination of democracy in Pakistan.


Full text of the article is here: http://asianculturevulture.com/portfolios/inshaallah-democracy-meet-my-friend-the-former-military-dictator-pervez-musharraf/

Critical acclaim for Inshallah Democracy film at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Live published an interview with Mo Naqvi

They write: Among many films that gained plaudits at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 is a director's personal reflections on democracy in a climate of terror, from a Pakistani perspective. Insha'Allah Democracy tells the story of filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi, determined to use his vote in Pakistan's nascent democracy to find a leader who can keep him safe in a time of terror attacks. He spoke with Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed.

The full interview can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/222235687

12 Must-See Documentaries About Current World Politics

Huffington Post staff writer Lisa Francesca Nand called Insha'Allah Democracy a "must-see documentary" in her post on May 25. 

She described the film thus: In this personal exploration of the politics of turbulent post 9/11 Pakistan, filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi goes in search of a leader who can keep him safe in a climate of escalating terror attacks. He finds himself drawn to the exiled enigmatic General Musharraf, filming him over four years. The former president hopes to govern once again, but is soon accused of treason.


Full text of the article is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/lisa-francesca-nand/12-mustsee-documentaries-_b_16753282.html


Insha'Allah Democracy nominated for Tim Hetherington Award

Available for Immediate Release

May 25th, 2017

Documentary Profiling Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf Receives Nomination in the Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Directed by Mo Naqvi, (Among the Believers, Pakistan’s Hidden Shame) Insha’Allah Democracy follows the former President and four star army general of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. Covering a five year period, the documentary profiles the fallen political leader’s return from exile back to the tumultuous world of politics in Pakistan. Insha’Allah Democracy, screening at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, has been nominated for the festival’s prestigious Tim Hetherington Award.

“Amidst global political turbulence and seismic movements of democratic leadership, Mo Naqvi’s film personalizes our fundamental relationship to power and governance. This is a film that questions the very basic human values of democracy: trust and safety,” said Luke W. Moody, Director of Film Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Set against the backdrop of Pakistan’s ever changing political landscape, the documentary features unlimited access to Musharraf as well as prominent supporting characters such as cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Taliban figurehead Sami-ul-Haq.

“To have a former military dictator willing to talk presented a unique opportunity for insight into the power struggles in South Asia and the Middle East,” said Producer Jared Ian Goldman. “What the film subsequently became is not only compelling but smart, sensitive and more accessible to a western audience than any third person profile could ever be.”

In Insha’Allah Democracy, award-winning and internationally celebrated filmmaker Naqvi, considers if democracy is really sustainable in a Pakistan that is under-developed, nuclear powered and overrun by Taliban.  

“My film chronicles my own journey as a first time voter in Pakistan - to see if democracy is compatible with an unstable Muslim country, elaborates Naqvi.  “After spending several years with Musharraf, I realized that the only effective way to challenge any negative political force is through deeper participation in the democratic process. Ultimately this is why I made Insha'Allah Democracy. I crave for Pakistan to have a high level of political empowerment. Because walls and bans won't defeat terrorism, but finding our own democratic voice will.” 

Sheffield Doc/Fest Screening Details: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6155

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