Jaffar Raza Jafri is a filmmaker who graduated with his bachelors from the National College of Arts in Lahore. Upon graduating, he worked as a documentary filmmaker on projects with the government of Baluchistan and NWFP in Pakistan. He also worked with brands such as Coca Cola, Nestle and Pepsi as a director and cinematographer. In addition to this, he made numerous music videos such as “Madam” by Jimmy Khan and Abid Brohi's “Sibbi Song”, which got nominated and won at the prestigious “Lux Style Awards”. He has since gone on to do his masters from The London Film School, graduating with his debut short “Pakeeza”. For the past 2 years he’s been working in the UK as a gaffer and cinematographer working on TV shows for the BBC and ITV. He is currently working on another UK/Pakistan short film as a producer.
Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2023
Pakeeza, 2022, Jaffar Raza Jafri
Pakeeza spends her day at Quran recital practice while Aqsam serves tea to the customers at his father’s shop. After work Aqsam goes to pick Pakeeza up but on this particular day when Aqsam reaches the mosque, Pakeeza is nowhere to be found. When Pakeeza eventually does show up, she completely ignores Aqsam to his bemusement, that’s when the confusion sets in and puts a strain on their relationship. The film and its locations act as a microcosm of the hypocritical nature of the society they live in.