Azfar Rizvi

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Azfar Rizvi
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Born Syed Azfar Ali Rizvi
Pakistan
Alma mater University of Karachi
Occupation Producer, director, journalist, anchor
Known for Hope Floats (2005)
Earthquake Diaries (2006)
The Inevitable Flight (2007)
Station 58 (2008)
When Brummies Met Sindhis (2008)
Religion Islam
Website
azfarrizvi.com

Syed Azfar Ali Rizvi is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, journalist, social critic and interfaith activist of Pakistani origin. The only journalist to reach Lus Puttian in the wake of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, he shaped a series of efforts including documentaries ‘Hope Floats’ and 'Earthquake Diaries’,[1] radio shows, television appearances, and rehabilitation campaigns for a three-day children’s Eid carnival.

The first English narrative on firefighters in Pakistan, his film ‘Station 58,’ increased public awareness to the extent that Karachi’s mayor at the time, Syed Mustafa Kamal, initiated a life insurance plan exclusively for the city’s heroes and their families. Widely recognized for ‘The Inevitable Flight,’ he garnered enough public interest to eventually convince the government against relocating the world’s largest bird sanctuary in Pakistan. He is also the first producer to ever secure permission, and broadcast a live show from Wagah, the only border connecting India and Pakistan by road.

Early life

Born to Urdu speaking parents who emigrated in 1947 to Pakistan during the partition of India. He attended Habib Public School and Al Murtaza School, graduating from the latter, and moved on to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Karachi.

Career

Rizvi began his career in radio broadcast, producing and presenting shows at the country’s first state-owned English radio channel – Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Pakistan). He quickly moved on to television, first leading the current affairs team at TVOne Global, and then at Dawn News. Gaining immense public response, and a Mayoral Commendation as a result of his documentaries, he decided to pursue film-making independently.

An advocate of education and intercultural dialogue, Rizvi has taught film, journalism and media studies at a university[2] in Pakistan. He led the Citizens Archive of Pakistan’s creative team for their School Outreach Tour program, providing fun and educational curriculum to low-income schools. More recently, he was featured for international photography[3] with the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, and with MDGFive.com, contributing[4] to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project as a mixed media artist. He also served as a judge[5] for MIST Toronto’s short film and extemporaneous writing competitions at York University.


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