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Ikhtiyar

Meet Iqbal Bai, a widow who drives a rikshaw in Lahore everyday to provide for her family.
Published Nov 24, 2019 12:00pm

This film by Kisa Ali Jafri, Samar Abbas, Asjad Waqar, Abdullah Jutt and Sheraz Aqeel won the social media contest prize of Rs55,000 in Dawn.com and Deutsche Welle's video story contest, #ItHappensOnlyinPakistan on the theme #OurDiversePakistan.

Ikhtiyar is the story of Iqbal Bai, a widow who drives a rikshaw in Lahore everyday to provide for her family.


It Happens Only In Pakistan is a nationwide video story contest organised by Dawn.com and Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster. This time, the theme for the contest was sharing stories under the hashtag #OurDiversePakistan, and invited filmmakers from all over Pakistan to submit short documentary-styled videos that captured stories of unsung, unique Pakistani heroes. Jury for the contest included noted Pakistani documentary filmmakers Jami and Babar Sheikh. The contest accepted entries from July 5 to August 25, 2019.