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The Survivor (2016)

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The Survivor is an upcoming short documentary film directed by Danial Afzal. The story is about a boy named Muneeb that survived the 2014 APS Massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan. The film is produced by Shazia Sikandar, Sameer Hamdani, and Kruti Mehta. It was edited by Sameer Hamdani. The Survivor was well received by private audiences, has won three international awards, and has been shortlisted at ten film festivals.

The Survivor
Directed byDanial Afzal
Produced byShazia Sikandar, Sameer Hamdani, Kruti Mehta
StarringMuhammad Muneeb Khan, Momina Khan, Tuba Khan, Tahir Khan, Shagufta Khan, Dr. Mowadat H. Rana
CinematographyDanial Afzal
Edited bySameer Hamdani
Running time
27 minutes
LanguageEnglish, Urdu

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The story follows Muhammad Muneeb Khan, who lost his brother, Shaheer, in a tragic incident that occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan on December 16, 2014. The Taliban attacked the Army Public School and killed over 130 children. This film is a fascinating look into the mind of Muneeb, who still suffers from PTSD while attempting to find his purpose. It follows his thoughts, dreams, and inner turmoil and is told as a personal statement to college.


The film has yet to be released to the public. The film and all its materials are copyrighted under Arash Visuals, Inc. in Chicago, IL.


Festival Name Years Running Festival Location Year Award
FiLums Festival 13th Annual Lahore, Pakistan 2016 Best Concept
Impact DOC Awards 14th Annual La Jolla, California, U.S. 2017 Award of Recognition
Chicago South Asian Film Festival 9th Annual Chicago, IL, U.S. 2017 Best Documentary Short


Festival Name Years Running Festival Location Year Status
IWM Short Film Festival 16th Annual London, England 2017 Official screening
Ismailia International Film Festival 19th Annual Cairo, Egypt 2017 Official screening
Uluslarası Çocuk Hakları Film Festival 7th Annual Bursa, Turkey 2017 Official screening
Filmi: Toronto South Asian Film Festival 18th Annual Toronto, Canada 2017 Official screening
International Children's Film Festival 11th Annual Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018 Official screening
Mumbai International Film Festival 15th Annual Mumbai, India 2018 Official screening
Pakistan International Film Festival 1st Annual Islamabad, Pakistan 2018 Official screening


  • "Afzal has personified the tragedy and enshrined the memory of its victims. He has shone the spotlight on a boy, who would otherwise be consigned to oblivion, and inspired us to help his traumatized generation move forward and accomplish their dreams." [1] - The Nation: The Survivor: Immortalizing the APS Victims


  1. Sher, Mehr (2016-12-07). "The Survivor: Immortalizing the APS victims". The Nation. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  2. Mehta, Kruti (2017-06-09). "Review of The Survivor – A short documentary". FHM Pakistan. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  3. Mehta, Kruti (2017-9-29). "Learning to live again". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2018-4-24. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  4. Brobst, Scout (2017-10-24). "Alumnus' Documentary Garners International Acclaim". Retrieved 2018-4-24. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. Khan, Seema (2017-11-18). "'THE SURVIVOR' AT THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017". Retrieved 2018-4-24. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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