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.

Ali Mehdi’s Global Shorts Winner Statuette. Congratulations on your placement, Ali!