8 Best and Famous Documentary Movies of Pakistan

Published on Nov 17, 2023 by


Famous Documentary Movies of Pakistan

Like the Pakistani film industry, the fragment of Pakistani documentaries has also made considerable progress. From honour executing to battle on fear, investigating archaeological stories of evaporating treasures, or picturizing puzzling and stunning scenes of Pakistan, some best documentaries of Pakistan had made their imprint locally and universally. 

Saving face:

Saving Face is a 2012 documentary film directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge about acid attacks on Pakistan’s ladies. The movie won an Emmy Award and the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, making its chief, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan’s first Oscar winner. The film was animated from the life of corrosive victim Fakhra Younus, who ended it all in 2012. Saving Face features two ladies assaulted by corrosive and their battle for equity and healing.

It follows London-based Pakistani plastic surgeon, Dr. Mohammad Jawad, as he travels to Pakistan to perform reconstructive surgery on overcomers of corrosive violence. Saving Face broaches the under-revealing of acid violence against women due to social and structural inequalities towards ladies from Pakistani men. The Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan, which is included in the film, had achieved more than 100 corrosive assaults a year in Pakistan yet gauges undeniably more because of the absence of announcing. 

Awards: Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) 

Every last Child:

Every Last Child (2014) is a best Pakistani and UAE documentary movie coordinated and created by Tom Roberts and made under the Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ standard. Roberts likewise composed the account of the film. The film was delivered in three unique dialects Urdu, English, and Pashto. 

Every Child shows the means taken in Pakistan to eliminate poliomyelitis (polio) disease from the nation. Polio, which had nearly been eradicated from the world, demonstrated a resurgence in Pakistan after the Taliban banned polio vaccinations. The film also shows the endeavors made by medical care laborers, who, regardless of challenges while accomplishing their work, for example, savagery and governmental issues, endeavored to spare Pakistani kids from polio.

Every Last Child’s central scene is of a wholly equipped armed force unit advised by its commander to prepare for war. However, for this situation, the action is to assure the Taliban, who are discouraging the polio vaccinators from inoculating kids. Polio casualties are then profiled: In one scene, a down and out individual influenced by polio and pushing a feeble truck says, “I’ll be fit in eternity”; in another location, a polio-influenced youngster is getting fitted with braces, with his upset dad viewing; in one more scene a woman whose two relatives were slaughtered by the Taliban when they were soliciting for inoculation is effectively supporting the reason for immunization.

Also, there are scenes of bogus promulgation made against the immunizations expressing apparent sick impacts of the polio antibody, for example, making “young ladies rashly grown-up and young men feeble.” The purposeful publicity also ascribes the immunization as a plot of Jews and Christians to eliminate Muslims. The film finishes strong, with a scene indicating reports identified with the immunization program’s accomplishment under the title “Equity for Health,” a program started by Imran Khan. 


A drone is a 2014 best English-language documentary movie coordinated by Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei. The film investigates the utilization of drones in warfare. Drone aired on the TV network Arte on April 15, 2014. The documentary screened at a few film celebrations all through 2014, winning a few awards. The drone was delivered in Norway on February 27, 2015. Variety reported, “‘Drone’ portrays the enlistment of youthful pilots at gaming shows, investigates the changing impression of what ‘doing battle’ signifies, just as the ethical position of architects behind the innovation. The documentary additionally researches the manners by which world pioneers participate in battles, just as take a gander at the fight against war and social liberties activists. 

Awards: Amanda Award for Best Documentary, Gullruten Award for Best TV Documentary 

He Named Me Malala:

He Named Me Malala is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim. The film presents the youthful Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who has stood up for young ladies’ privileges, particularly the right to instruction since she was youthful. The film likewise relates how she phenomenally endured and has gotten much more articulate in her journey after being hunted down and fired by a Taliban gunman as a component of the association’s rough resistance to young ladies’ instruction Swat Valley in Pakistan. The title alludes to the Afghani society hero Malalai of Maiwand, after whom her dad named her. 

On December 1, 2015, He Named Me Malala was shortlisted with fourteen different documentaries submitted to 88th Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature category. However, he neglected to pick up the nomination. It was selected at the 43rd Annie Awards in Best Animated Special Production classification. 

Indus Blues:

Indus Blues is a 2018 best Pakistani documentary film produced and coordinated by producer Jawad Sharif about the withering society and traditional instruments of communities in Pakistan and artists and specialists’ battle. The film debuted in August 2018 at Regina International Film Festival in Canada and was assigned for the Best International Documentary Film Award. The official trailer was delivered in October 2018 in Pakistan.

The film won honors the Grand Jury Prize for the Crystal Award at Guam International Film Festival 2018 and the Best Documentary Feature and Best Cinematography Awards at the Jaipur International Film Festival. The film was chosen for the CPH: DOX Documentary Film Festival 2019.

Song of Lahore:

The Melody of Lahore is a documentary film directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken. The film follows artists’ gathering as they travel from their home in Pakistan to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center. The film had its reality debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2015. The local delivery is set for November 13, 2015. 

Lyari Notes:

Lyari Notes is a 2016 best documentary that was coordinated by Maheen Zia and Miriam Chandy Menacherry. The film debuted at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam after being pitched at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Meet Market in 2015 and follows a little youngster and her companions as they use music as a type of departure and expression.

The film follows four young ladies that regularly travel from Lyari to a melodic school in another territory. The movement is long and complicated, and the young ladies’ families are not generally steady of their craving to learn music as they feel that it abuses Islamic law. Lyari Notes follows the young ladies over three years. Chandy thought of the narrative after tuning in to music made by “youthful, underground Pakistani performers” and believing that it could make a decent reason for a film. 

Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent 

Azmaish is a 2017 independent documentary film directed by Sabiha Sumar. A Pakistani-Indian co-creation was delivered by Sathananthan Sachithanandam of the Vidhi Films and followed Sumar and Kalki Koechlin’s excursion through different pieces of India and Pakistan and their investigation of the relations between the two countries and their contemporary political and socio-cultural situations. 

Sabiha Sumar first thought of making documentation of the changing socio-cultural situations in Pakistan and India in 2013 as she needed to “investigate the two nations and catch what is happening. Umar felt that a narrative was the best mode for handling the subject as it “required genuine individuals discussing genuine encounters”; as per her, a fictionalized record of things would not have been as ground-breaking as the open records.

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