Film Screening of Shadowlands with Producer Nida Kirmani

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 5:00-6:15 pm ET
Location: 121 Bay State Road, Boston. MA 02215

Join the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and the Initiative on Cities for a featured film screening of Shadowlands, followed by a discussion with producer Nida Kirmani. This documentary follows two residents of Lyari, one of the oldest settlements in Karachi, who have lost family members to gang violence within the settlement. Through telling their stories, this documentary sheds light on the ongoing ramifications of violence and questions whether peace has truly been achieved for the people of Lyari.

About Nida

Nida Yasmeen Kirmani is the Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Associate Professor of South Asian Studies for the 2022 – 2023 academic year at Brandeis University’s South Asian Studies Program.  At Brandeis, Professor Kirmani continues her research and writing on urban violence, gender, and insecurity in Lyari in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Kirmani is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She coordinates the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor. She has published widely on gender, Islam, women’s movements, development, and urban studies in India and Pakistan. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2007 from the University of Manchester. Her book, Questioning ‘the Muslim Woman’: Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality, was published in 2013 by Routledge. Her current research focuses on urban violence, gender, and insecurity in the area of Lyari in Karachi.