SOC Films have released the fourth and final animated film, ‘Domestic Violence’ from the ‘Siyani Sahelian’ animation series in collaboration with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi. Siyani Sahelian was launched in 2018, with the main objective to tackle gender inequality for disadvantaged adolescent girls, deprived of necessary education in 480 towns and villages spread across the three districts of south Punjab: Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
Due to the covid-19 restrictions and lock-down there was a negative impact on everyone’s mental health especially. Pakistan witnessed an increase in domestic violence cases in the pandemic and this short film, ‘Domestic Violence’ sheds light on this issue.
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Sharmeen took on her official Instagram handle and wrote, “This is the final animated film from the “Siyani Sahelian” animation series, Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic, made as part of our collaborative program with @itacecorg. Following the rise in domestic violence cases against women in Pakistan due to COVID-19 restrictions, this short film attempts to deconstruct and address some of the issues arising from this disturbing trend.”
She further added, “While the world over is dealing with the severe fallout from the COVID-19 virus, spaces outside the home are no longer as easily accessible for women as before. The main character Asghari, along with her parents, discuss ways in which women and girls can deal with potential situations of abuse that can take place, whilst highlighting the importance of carrying out joint responsibilities at home for the whole family.”
The final film is written by Safyah Usmani with animation by Kulsum Ibrahim, edited by Nina Zehri and Meer Farhad Jamali. The voiceovers are done by Rabia Kiran Rajput, Mariam Rizvi, and Ali Akbar.
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