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US filmmaker visits Sindh sites for documentary

HYDERABAD, Feb 1: Indian-born US filmmaker and freelance journalist Sarah Singh arrived here on Thursday, visited the Institute of Sindhology, interviewed veteran intellectual Ibrahim Joyo and left for Bhit Shah.

The activities were part of her work on a documentary on the cultural and archaeological history of India and Pakistan she is planning to exhibit at the Kara Film Festival in December this year.

A brief talk with her showed that she feels at home in Pakistan and believes that the country is not as unsafe as the world generally believes.

Ms Singh has visited Umerkot and Moenjodaro, an archaeological site near Larkana, and so far recorded interviews of around 15 prominent personalities in Punjab and Sindh.

While recording Mr Joyo’s detailed interview, she asked several questions to seek his views on how the sub-continent was divided and what kind of situation existed in Karachi when Pakistan was created in 1947.

Mr Joyo told her about the division of Bengal and said that migration from either side was not envisaged in the original plan of the subcontinent’s division.

About the earlier leg of her visit to Pakistan, she said: “When I visited Punjab in Pakistan, I found myself in my own family.” She added that she had been treated well wherever she went.

Ms Singh said that Pakistan had great cultural attraction for visitors, including tourists and historians.

She is very keen to know about Indus Civilisation which she said was the oldest one of the three ancient civilisations of the world.

She is a state guest and is being provided security by district administration.

Ms Singh, who is the cousin of Indian Punjab’s Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh, was born in Indian but has spent most of her life in America.

Source: Dawn

Date:2/2/2007

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