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Adrift on Paper Boats

Exhibition & Film Screening

Upcoming Event by POI - Kagaazi Kashtiyaan

Adrift on Paper Boats’ is an art exhibition and film screening which tells the story of what it means to be stateless, though the eyes of the Pakistani Bengali community – a community linked to the sea, that has been grappling with citizenship issues in Pakistan for over 50 years. To be stateless is to live in a world of uncertainty. Through art, music, animation, and film, we celebrate the rich culture and explore the daily challenges this group contends with.

Opening Night: Thursday 16th November

Location: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Exhibition opens – from 4.30pm, with guided tours

Film Screening of Adrift & Q&A – 6pm- 8.30pm (Booking is needed for this, and the film is suitable for adults and children over 12)

The exhibition continues until 9th December at Rich Mix.

Register here

This is a free event

Film summary: Bhashaili, the Bangla word for Adrift explores the everyday stories of Pakistani Bengalis living in Karachi, including their loves, losses, and the challenges they face around citizenship.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities.

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The POI Study

The Partition of Identity (POI) project examines the Bengali community in Pakistan. Estimates suggest that there are between 2.8 – 3 million members of this group living in Pakistan, but in reality, the numbers are likely to be much higher.

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  • Week Days: 09.00 to 18.00 Sunday: Closed