The tales by Mohammed Hanif supply a glimpse into the lives of 4 prisoners as they await the daybreak of their execution
Justice Mission Pakistan (JPP) can be internet hosting a singular reside artwork efficiency based mostly on 4 quick tales written by acclaimed novelist Mohammed Hanif on October 10 at Daybreak.com 6pm onwards.
Titled ‘Earlier than The Solar Comes Up’, the tales supply a glimpse into the lives of 4 prisoners as they await the daybreak of their execution.
Narrated by actor and filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat, the haunting tales can be accompanied by puppetry and visuals by Emma Brierley, and authentic reside music by Hailey Beavis.
“I’ve been considering of Ghulam Qadir and Ghulam Sarwar who had been accused of homicide after which sentenced to demise. Lastly they had been acquitted by the Supreme Court docket. Solely they’d been hanged a 12 months earlier,” says Hanif. “It ought to make us all mirror about our collective need to hold folks summarily. Do we would like justice or do we would like a spectacle and a distraction?”
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Commemorating the 18th World Day In opposition to the Dying Penalty, the efficiency will spotlight flaws within the felony justice system and the way fleeting justice may be.
JPP and Daybreak.com have collaborated prior to now for No Time To Sleep, a 24-hour reside stream charting the ultimate hours of Prisoner Z as he waited for his execution. The efficiency earned crucial acclaim each regionally and internationally with 1.Four million views.
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“This challenge is what an actual collaboration of artists appears and seems like. I’m completely thrilled to be part of it,” says Sarmad Khoosat in regards to the upcoming efficiency. “The chance to lend my voice to one thing written by Mohammed Hanif is an honour and probably the most thrilling factor that occurred to me in 2020.”
Final 12 months on October 10th, JPP collaborated with Home Ltd and Spotlight Arts to create an immersive efficiency artwork exhibit at Bari Studios, Lahore. ‘We’ve Been Ready For You’ concerned eleven efficiency artists utilizing their our bodies as a medium to specific loss, energy, isolation, incarceration and demise.
The efficiency is supposed to encourage a significant dialog on the difficulty of capital punishment and wrongful executions.
At present, 4,225 prisoners await execution on Pakistan’s demise row, one of many largest on the planet. This contains juveniles in addition to mentally sick and bodily disabled prisoners.
That is in contravention to each Pakistan’s home legal guidelines and its worldwide obligations to human rights treaties such because the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Ali Haider Habib, spokesperson for Justice Mission Pakistan, provides: “Artwork has the ability to maneuver folks on a visceral and primal degree. We really feel it is very important humanise the tales of victims caught in a justice system that may be each inhumane and unjust. The Coronavirus pandemic has introduced many miseries for many individuals, however none extra so than for these behind bars going through the harshest punishment with none means to contact their legal professionals or households.”
This text is a part of a collaboration with Justice Mission Pakistan within the lead-up to the World Day In opposition to the Dying Penalty on October 10th.