Asad Faruqi, Geeta Gandbhir
USA 2017 | 74 min
Sat, 08-May-21 02:00 PM
On demand: May 6-16th
Q&A via zoom with:
Asad Faruqi

The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows the men of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Dis­pos­al Unit (KPK BDU) to the front lines of the war against Al-Qaeda and the Tal­iban in Pak­istan. The law­less province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — con­sid­ered the gate­way for ter­ror­ists from neigh­bor­ing Afghanistan — is the back­drop of the film. The battle for con­trol of this porous border area remains crit­i­cal to the sta­bil­i­ty of Pak­istan and global secu­ri­ty. Should Pak­istan, a nuclear power, fall into the hands of ter­ror­ists, the entire world is at risk. We wit­ness first­hand the dan­ger­ous strug­gle under­tak­en by the men of the KPK BDU to pro­tect their coun­try against the Tal­iban threat in the land they both call home.

Geeta Gandb­hir is a mul­ti­ple award win­ning film­mak­er and editor from the US. She works mostly for var­i­ous TV pro­duc­tions and often as co-direc­tor. Select­ed films: I AM EVIDENCE (2017), PRISON DOGS (2016), A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS (2015), REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. (2014).
Asad Faruqi is a direc­tor, pro­duc­er and cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er and has a degree in BS Media Sci­ences with con­cen­tra­tion in film and video from SZABIST, Karachi. He has shot a number of award-win­ning films for dif­f­ent TV pro­duc­tions includ­ing A GIRL IN THE RIVER THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS (2015); SONG OF LAHORE (2015); SAVING FACE (2012); PAKISTAN’S TALIBAN GENERATION (2009). For DESERT ONE (Bar­bara Kopple, 2020) he was a co-cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er. ARMED WITH FAITH is his first time direct­ing a fea­ture film.

Direc­tor: Geeta Gandb­hir, Asad Faruqi
Cin­e­matog­ra­phy: Asad Faruqi
Editor: Flavia de Souza
Pro­duc­tion: Geeta Gandb­hir, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Asad Faruqi/ITVS, World Channel
Con­tact: Anam Abbas