A completely captivating film by Pakistani filmmaker Shehrbano Saiyid about a Hunza poet named Shahid Aktar, and how a particular poem of his has been received by his primary audience — his fellow villagers. The film documents its recording by Zoheb Veljee, who has spent five years recording music in remote locations around the world.
A newly launched website, “Umang” features a Wakhi language poem about the majestically beautiful Passu village, which has in the past been the victim of many natural disasters.
Written by Shahid Akhtar, the Wakhi language song eulogizes the people and the land of Passu, while also lamenting the great losses it had to face due to the outburst of a glacial lake in the Shimshal Valley. While lamenting the great losses, the poem also gives the message of hope and happiness.