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
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 »
In a world where so many of us would rather turn a blind eye to the pain of the countless dis-empowered, it is refreshing that there is a film maker that is taking time out to give them a voice for us to hear. Ahmed has taken on the harrowing topic with sensitivity and I applaud him for honouring what any film maker needs to keep in mind, that we are story tellers and we have a unique position from which to channel the stories of others, to bring them to light.Well done Aneel! Thought provoking, not easy to watch because of the realities these kids face, but very necessary. In an India that is currently reeling in the wake of the brutal gang rape of the late medical student, we have forgotten the nameless many that face this ordeal daily, the poverty stricken children of India. Lets hope they find Justice too!
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