Award of Merit – “Kachrachi” (Pakistan)

Title: Kachrachi
Runtime: 12 min
Country: USA
Director: Ali Mehdi
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March 31, 2019

Synopsis: Kachrachi is a satirical short film highlighting the malign elements that have turned a once vibrant and dynamic metropolis into a callous city where people are surviving instead of living.

The protagonist in the film is a madman who is a reflection of Karachi, The madman is reprimanding its people for their negligence and disregard towards basic human needs such as hygiene, cleanliness and civic awareness.

The title “Kachrachi” is a juxtaposition of the Urdu word (Kachra) which literally means trash and the city Karachi.

The issues addressed by the protagonist in the film are echoes of the orphan city, Kachrachi.