Pakistani talent has ever ranked itself in every contest of the world among top contestants. A Pakistani short film inspired by a young climate activist in Dir, Pakistan acquires the first prize at Girls Impact the World Film Festival.

 Climate change has a strong influence all over the world from developed countries to developing countries. This issue has been continuously raised by everyone everywhere. A short film by Pakistani climate activist acquires first prize at World Film Festival. The winner, Sarah Jehaan Khan is a student at Manfield College Oxford University. Sarah’s film is based on a young climate activist, Manal Shad who hails from Dir.

The word Passoon literally means ‘to rise for a cause’ and that’s what Sarah’s film talks about. In an age where young minds are changing the ways of the world, Sarah wanted to share the story of Manal who voices her concerns about the changing climate from a small village of Pakistan.

Sarah Jehaan Khan, a Pakistani Oxford University student wins first prize at the International girls impact the world film festival. A major feat indeed. Her short film called Passoon ensues and document the stories of climate activism happening around Pakistan.

The winner was announced by Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed. They wholeheartedly congratulated her for the win and asked her not to stop making such movies that showcase positive efforts by people.

”I immediately knew I wanted to get in touch with her, and once I managed to find her in Dir, I spent some days at her home and visited her school where I filmed Passoon. Seeing the impact individuals such as Greta Thunberg have had, I felt it was equally important to amplify the voices of young climate activists from developing countries such as Pakistan,” Sarah told.

Women in developing countries are disproportionately impacted by climate change, but their knowledge and expertise also make them the most valuable source of knowledge regarding climate adaptation and mitigation.