This has to be from the late 1930’s or early 1940’s. Others here include K.A. Abbas, Mohsin Abdullah, W.Z. Ahmed, the famous Shantaram, and the Maupassant of Urdu short stories, S.H. Manto, and a host of others. Aghajani is in the top row, second from right.
We are proud to announce that The Golden Pen has been selected to be screened at the 5th Indian Film Festival of Ireland. The festival will be held in Dublin, Ireland, between September 26th and 29th, 2014. We were invited to attend by Siraj Zaidi, the convenor and organizer of the festival and feel honoured by the invitation.
For those of you who have seen the movies of Aghajani Kashmeri (click the previous linked words and see his filmography), and are nearby or plan to visit Ireland during that period, do drop by to see the one-hour documentary.
We understand that the festival has gone from one successful year to the next thanks to efforts of Siraj Zaidi, himself a Lucknow native who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Aghajani Kashmeri, Wazir Gunj. We are going to try our hardest to attend the festival and are hoping that at least one key member of our crew will be present.
A lot has happened since the Toronto premiere of The Golden Pen… it was premiered in New York City under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association at Scandinavia House.
The event drew a near packed house with a lot of media. For me the highlight was being on stage with my brother, Sarwar Kashmeri and answering questions, some of them from Americans and South Asians who knew Aghajani Kashmeri, our father, personally.
Then there were reporters such as Renee Lobo, who put together a brilliant 24-minute special on her TV show called The Renee Lobo report that airs in several parts of the United States.
It’s finally here, the moment we have all been waiting for: The Golden Pen’s Canadian TV premiere:
- OMNI-2 in Ontario on Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. in English;
- OMNI-2 in Ontario on Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. in Hindi/Urdu;
- OMNI Alberta Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. (played in most of Western Canada except B.C.);
- OMNI B.C. on Sunday, May 27 at 10 p.m.
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As we mentioned earlier, The Golden Pen was selected to premiere at Toronto’s ReelWorld Film Festival on April 13 (the video above with Zuhair Kashmeri introducing the documentary was from the premiere); won a runners-up in the short documentary category at the Winter 2012 Asians on Film Festival in West Hollywood; and has its New York premiere on June 6, 2012, hosted by the prestigious Foreign Policy Association in Manhattan.
This has been an amazing journey for me, much as it was an amazing journey for my father, from his hometown of Lucknow, India (not Lucknow, Ontario) to Toronto, Canada.
Enjoy and after you watch the doc, please return here to http://thegoldenpen.ca, leave your comments or e-mail us.
The golden pen has been awarded an Honourable Mention as the runners up in the Best Short – Documentary Category at the Asians on film festival in west hollywood, california. The first place went to Merde! which was directed by Earl McDaniel III.
The announcement was made barely three days after The Golden Pen was premiered on Friday, April 13, before a packed audience at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. A full video report of the premiere and an animated Q&A will be on this site shortly.
The tremendous reception at the premiere was way beyond our expectations. We were graced with directors such as Shakun Batra, whose Bollywood movie Ek Main aur Ek Tu, was also premiered at the festival. And now we have been showered with recognition from a well-know West Coast festival that specializes in a certain genre of films. This sort of recognition would have been impossible but for the team involved in filming and putting together The Golden Pen.
COMING SOON: A FULL VIDEO OF THE GOLDEN PEN’S TORONTO PREMIERE AND AN ANIMATED Q&A.