Jago Hua Savera (1959)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Pakistan  |  
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Insightful and impressive as a first feature film from Pakistan, Jago Hua Savera deals with the struggles of an impoverished family living in a fishing village. Director Asejay Kardar keeps the mood simple, serious, and straightforward as the family members are shown trying to get money to buy the boat they need. The hopelessness of their objective is graphically underscored by the conditions in which they live, and the self-interest of the local moneylender whose purpose in life is to increase his coffers rather than lend a helping hand. At times poetic and with scenes that ring true, director Kardar has done well with the resources at his disposal.