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Waiting for Sunrise (2005)

Waiting for Sunrise is a short documentary covering a wide range of Social and political subjects - Kids are living in shanty towns, abused and living in extreme poverty.



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Waiting for Sunrise explores extreme poverty in Lahore, Pakistan. Children without parents live in slums, cold and unloved, begging in order to stay alive as they endure verbal and physical abuse to earn enough money to live each day. These issues are rarely dealt with on such a personal and emotional level. Lahore and its collection of people becomes a character for this short documentary. Written by Tabitha Powers Ahmad

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Waiting for Sunrise deals with the poor and dispossessed - and really the poorest of the poor in Pakistani (urban) society







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28 September 2005 (UK)  »


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£2,500 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Waiting for Sunrise won the UNICEF award for Best short film and was also shortlisted for one of the film world's most distinguished awards - the Grierson Awards for documentary in 2006. The budget in total was 2,500 pounds including flight tickets and post production. See more »

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Exposing The Truth
18 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent film by Producer/Director, Aneel Ahmad. It's a real view into the lives of so many people living and suffering in extreme poverty.

Hopefully it will help raise awareness of the need for social change to help these people get jobs, grow food and have a decent quality of life.

It's amazing how the children still play unaware perhaps of the difficult life they face.

Thank you Aneel for making another film promoting social change and exposing the reality of so many people around the world. Great photography and direction! Please keep up the good work.

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