For the love of mountains
The screening of documentaries from over 80 countries of the world had the visiting public enthralled through the entire two days of the 1st Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival. A simultaneous exhibition of paintings and photographs of mountains, together with discussion panels, proved to be the icing on the cake
Lahoris got the taste of an alternate adventurous life during the 1st Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival (PIMFF), held recently at Alhamra Arts Council. They got the chance to chat with local — mostly unsung — heroes who had climbed Mount Everest and K2. They also watched documentaries about high altitude porters, paragliding and the cultures of indigenous populations in mountainous regions.
Reportedly, about five hundred documentaries were submitted at the PIMFF, from over 80 countries around the world, out of which 32 were selected to be screened. Along with the screenings, a gallery of paintings and photographs of mountains as well as discussion panels were also going on. This was the first time that the festival was held in Pakistan; previously, Nepal had hosted such an event.
The visitors appreciated how the festival showed them a new side to mountaineering. A family even stated they had decided to spend their weekend at the event because it would give “our kids exposure to different experiences.” Their teenage son, named Masbook, even said that their trips to Murree, Gilgit and Naran had ignited his interest in hiking and now he was eager to perfect his skills.
Several visitors hailed from cities like Faisalabad and Jhelum. Some of them said they had learnt about the event through social media, newspapers and their family members.
The delegates at the PIMFF included filmmakers, directors of other mountain film festivals of the world, adventurers and travel writers from Pakistan as well as abroad.