The film called Slackistan is gaining notoriety around the world, though it faces harsh critics within Pakistan where it was released. It opens a window into a rarely seen part of Pakistani society - a window that Pakistan's Censor Board wishes to close. We explore how the opposition that the film is facing in Pakistan speaks to the bureaucratic stamping down of moderate liberal voices that are on this rise in this country.


Slackistan - Director

Slackistan is a movie about four, brand new college graduates in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. They're rich, privileged kids who grew up in nice neighbourhoods, far away from the car-bombs and The Taliban and without much to do. They have everything, it seems, except a plan for their lives.

Slackistan presents a view of Pakistan that we don't often see in the West - a humorous snapshot of a group of friends, with lots of swearing and coming of age angst. It has screened at film festivals from Goa to London and Los Angeles. But Pakistan's Censor Board won't allow it to be played in Pakistan, unless Hammad Khan agrees to make multiple cuts to the film. Hammad Khan is the writer and director of Slackistan. And he was in London, England.

Slackistan - Media Critic

For a sense of why Pakistan's Censor Board objects to Slackistan and to help put this documentary in context, we're joined by Fifi Haroon. She's a Pakistani writer and cultural critic who is based in London, England.


All of the music in the film Slackistan is produced by Pakistani indie-rock musicians. We'll leave you with a song from one of them. This is "Saari Raat Jaaga" by Noori.

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