Mahera Omar is a filmmaker and co-founder of Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Her film Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist won the best documentary award in the Across the Border category at the 7th Delhi International Film Festival and a special jury mention at the 6th Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival. Her other films include Gutter Baghicha, Pakistan Chowk, City by the Sea: The Future of Karachi’s Coastline and A Garden in Shigar. She also directed Janu Janwar, a weekly series on animals and the documentary ‘Sea Turtles in Pakistan’ for Geo TV. Sea Turtles was nominated for the Humane Society of the United States 22nd Genesis Award in the Brigitte Bardot international category. Since 2014 she has been recording qawwali and classical music in Pakistan as part of the Dream Journey sessions. Nobody’s seen her short film Makhan Toast but she guarantees if you do, you’ll fall off your chair laughing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and makes funny instagram stories of her adventures @afewmofilms.

3 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi,

    This is Ricardo, I was in the July 10th critical mass cycle ride. I just saw the video ( I could not see it on Facebook, I do not know why).

    Very nice video, and it seems very interesting what you are doing, I mean documentaries. For sure in Pakistan there are plenty of opportunities of amazing videos.


  2. Excellent documentaries! I wish more people would see the Karachi documentary. I lived in karachi in 2006, I saw the affects of land reclaimation first hand. It is really assuring that such documentaries are being made. I just hope that civil society grows strong enough to resist such projects. please come to lahore too. The encroachment on the wall city is appalling. The history of this 2000 year old city is crumbling away and replaced by wide roads and concrete buildings. If you open a lahore chapter please keep me in view. I love to help help out in any way that I can.

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