Pakistani Short Film Blue: A Kaleidoscope Narrates Story Of A Rape Survivor's Trauma

Blue: A Kaleidoscope Showcases A Rape Survivor's Harrowing Experience

Pakistani Short Film Blue: A Kaleidoscope Narrates Story Of A Rape Survivor's Trauma
Blue: A Kaleidoscope

The motorway incident where a woman was recently gang-raped and another incident where a five-year-old girl was raped and murdered, has dominated the headlines in Pakistan. A subject which was once considered taboo in our society is finally getting the airtime that it deserves. Sex education and other related topics are being openly talked about in the aftermath of some gruesome recent events that have shocked Pakistan.

Even Prime Minister Imran Khan was visibly angry when he said that perpetrators of such heinous crimes should be chemically castrated so that they can't even use their organs anymore to commit such crimes. On that subject, a new Pakistani short film by Danyal Afzal called Blue: A Kaleidoscope has been released on social media which showcases the trauma faced by a rape victim. Daniyal Afzal has also directed The Survivor, a story of a boy named Muneeb who survived the Army Public School Massacre of 2014 in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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The short film is extremely uncomfortable to watch, yet an eye-opener of the many evils that plague our society. It follows the story of a 10-year-old child after she is raped. Not only that, but the perpetrators of this inexcusable crime also make a video of the entire incident.

What follows is the unspeakable trauma faced by the rape survivor and how she has to face abuse from those around her for a crime committed on her. That speaks volumes of the kind of society we are living in. This is why women are reluctant to come forward and speak up about these horrendous and inexcusable crimes committed on them and this is why sexual harassment and rape are prevalent in our society.

The short film, directed by Daniyal Afzal, was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. However, it comes at a time when the topic is being talked about and finally being discussed in Pakistani households, instead of being given a taboo stamp. 

Protests are being held across the country over justice for the gang-rape victim on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway and for the five-year-old Marwah, and many like them who have chosen to remain silent. 

In Blue: A Kaleidoscope, a nine-minute eye-opening and harrowing short film, the victim's gruesome rape is recorded on and the video goes viral in her neighborhood. Instead of being cared for and shown empathy, she is subject to many stares and abuses as if she has committed an unspeakable crime, while the real perpetrators roam around freely.

The concept of Blue: A Kaleidoscope based on a 2015 BBC report, titled ‘How a rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan’, by journalist Amber Shamsi. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Daniyal Afzal said:

"Women are routinely silenced in Pakistan. It is about time that we raise our voices against the issues that they face, he remarked. People generally don’t listen to rape survivors and this is what we have tried to show in the movie."

Blue: A Kaleidoscope has successfully managed to showcase how trauma and mental health are real and persisting issues and how people suffering from them are left alone instead of being taken care of. The film has also been showcased at a film festival in Hong Kong.

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