A review on Pakistani Documentary Short, ‘Kings Without Thrones’ (2017). The Score is composed by Adnan Dawood Khan.
I. Written, Directed & Produced by Alice Peter
II. Cinematography by Saad Yousuf Soomro & Umer Taimuri
III. Sound Mixing by Hussain Dhanani
IV. Editing by Arman Tejani
V. Executive Produced by Lucas Peter
Kings without Thrones is a thesis short documentary film produced by SZABIST students. This film is based on Sheedi aka Makrani. It is an important documentary based on a group of people who are often ignored by their locals.
The facts to this film are provided by ‘Minority Rights Group International Periodic Reports’ and ‘Young Sheedi Welfare Organization’.
- Faiz Muhammad Bilali
- Samina Haider
- Munir Sheedi
- Alishba Aziz Qambrani
- Abdul Aziz Sheedi
- Tanzila Ume Habiba
Sheedi are a group of people, label of an ethnic minority in Pakistan that has overtime transformed into the cultural equivalent of the terms by racist remarks as, ‘Black, Niger or Negro’.
+ High Points
i – Praiseworthy cinematography handled by the duo, who have made this short documentary very pleasant to watch.
ii – I have watched many short documentaries, professional or submitted by students. Alice Peter’s direction has made this documentary, an interesting one.
iii – The production design is carefully managed which helps in improvising its scenic designs.
iv – A different but important subject to highlight where we are shown a brief insight, of Sheedi’s cultures, values and history.
+ Low Points
i – This film needs to be made as documentary feature, to exploit more on this subject in able to create more awareness.
As short documentary, Kings without Thrones is a good start but it is appropriate for a feature length.
Rate: 3.25 out of 5 stars