Islamabad - The Pakistan National Council of Arts Film Club and Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) jointly screened five documentary films as a part of the seventh Pakistan Mountain Festival.

The festival is an annual flagship thematic advocacy event of Devcom-Pakistan to mark the International Mountain Day. The day is dedicated to mainstreaming the sustainable mountain development and conservation agenda across the globe.

Ambassador of Nepal, Sewa Lamsal Adhikari was the chief guest on the occasion while the Austrian ambassador, Dr. Brigitta Blaha and Mr. Kim Jin-wook, Charge d’affairs Embassy of South Korea, were the guests of honour.

Sewa Lamsal Adhikari said that Nepal and Pakistan have several cultural commonalities on which the bilateral relationship between the two countries could be enhanced. Mountains are a phenomenon that can pave a path for joint initiatives to engage the people and experts of both countries.

She said that despite shortage of funds, the founding director of Pakistan Mountain Festival organises activities every year. The ambassador expressed happiness at the participation of the mountainous communities and cultural performers from Nepal in the future interventions of the Devcom-Pakistan. 

The Austrian ambassador, Dr Brigitta Blaha, said that mountains are a backbone for the life of all species including human beings. Stressing that our livelihood and existence also depend on mountain resources, she emphasized on further interventions to highlight the importance of conserving these resources.

Kim Jin-wook, Charge d’affairs at the embassy of South Korea in Islamabad, said that as a native of mountain area, he understands the significance of the mountains’ natural resources and the threat posed to their naturalness by global warming and climate change. The only solution, he said, is to reduce carbon emissions and eliminate deforestation and degradation of forests.

We need to stress upon the major polluters to pay off for their climate injustice, he concluded.      

Speaking on the occasion, Devcom-Pakistan Director and the founding director of Pakistan Mountain Festival Munir Ahmed said, “The films screened today reflect the apathy of the mountains impacted by the climate change. Communities and natural habitats, ecosystems, mountain resources and indigenous cultures are under threat.

Men’s migration from the mountains to plains in search of livelihood options would leave no space for communities’ ownership of mountains, and enhance the vulnerability for the women and children left behind in the homes.

We need to create options for them by keeping up the natural habitats and ecosystems intact for their sustainable ecotourism, mountaineering, and cultural cohesiveness.”      

The five films screened included ‘Agli Rutt Ki Dastak’, ‘Deosai’, ‘Central Karakorum National Park’, ‘Margallah Hills National Park’, ‘K2 and The Invisible Footmen.’

We get to see many events, locations and people in these five extraordinary films. We meet Sameena Khayal Baig who set the record of climbing highest peaks. She has brought it to the record that mountain climbing is not a task that can be achieved by men only, woman are also capable of the same feat.