‘Salam’ and ‘Cake’ win Best Documentary, Fiction awards at South Asian film festival

Pakistani films win two main prizes of SAFFMontreal


By Cutacut Editorial Team

KARACHI: Pakistan won big at the annual South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFMontreal), where two films were honoured with end-of-festival awards on Monday.

Aamina Sheikh- and Sanam Saeed-starrer Cake won Best Feature Fiction, while Salam – The First ****** Nobel Laureate won Best Feature Documentary.


SAFFMontreal is presented by Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture, which is a not-for-profit organisation promoting various art forms and activities.

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Salam documents the life of Abdus Salam, the first Pakistani to win the Nobel prize.

According to the festival’s website, “The film captures in vivid detail his life’s journey—from a small village in Pakistan to worldwide scientific acclaim—and his fraught relationship with his homeland, where he faced rejection for being a member of the “heretical” Ahmadiyya movement.”

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“Cake is a story about love, loss and life and death – all the things that we are familiar with. It’s about two sisters, one of whom lives abroad and the other is left behind here” SAFF writes.

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Other Pakistani films that showed at the festival are Just A Cup Of Tea, Silenced Voices:Perween Rahman_The Rebel Optimist,

Twinkle – Power to change, The Unknown Mountaineers, Armed with Faith, and Threads of Shame.