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OUTSWING – Ms. Samar Minallah Khan

November 7, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Dear Alliance Members,

Assalam Alaikum,

Please join us for the screening of the short film documentary “OUTSWING”

We will have the great honor and pleasure to host Ms. Samar Minallah Khan with us who is the Director of the film.

Join us November 7 at 11:30AM EST. The cost will be a nominal $15 per person which will greatly benefit the girls of Mashal School.

To register, please email us at ec@www.allianceofficial.org and we will send you a Zoom link.

We look forward to seeing you at the very special event!

Thank you,

2021 Alliance Executive Committee


Ms. Samar Minallah Khan, is a filmmaker and an anthropologist from Pakistan. She was born in Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.

Through film, Samar reaches out to various audiences in an effort to amplify the voices of women and girls.

Her first film, “Swara-a bridge over troubled waters,” was screened internationally at several film festivals. It led to the first public interest litigation in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and in making the culturally sanctioned form of forced marriage illegal.

Newspapers have called her ‘Savior of the Souls’, ‘Woman who rocks the world.

Her style of work shows empathy and respect for cultures. Her work has won several international awards, including Premio Roberto Rossellini 2009, The DVF Award 2015, UNICEF Child Rights Award, etc.

The film has won Best Short Film, Nordic International Film Festival, New York.2021, Winner Florence Film Awards, 2021, Best Film Tokyo International Short Film Festival 2021, Semi-Finalist Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021, Winner Toronto International Women Film Festival 2021, Best Short Film, Moscow Russia International Film Festival 2021, Best Short Film LA Independent Film Awards 2021, Jury Award for Best Film, Ember Light Film Festival, USA, Jury Award, Global Voices Film Festival UN, San Francisco


On the outskirts of Islamabad, a committed coach teaches a team of unlikely players, their families, and a community how playing Cricket can change lives. The girls overcome their fears and anxiety and find strength in something as simple as Cricket. It is a story of how standing up for girls and their passions is the most honorable thing a man can do. In Cricket, an outswing delivery is the one that ‘moves away’ from the line of its bowling. It has the risk of being declared a wide-ball but it can also change the game. Just like an outswing delivery, the girls are ready to ‘move away’ from the prescribed norms and expectations.


I, Samar Minallah Khan, feel honored to be collaborating with the Alliance led by the amazing Nazia Imtiaz, the President, to screen the short film for the Alliance Organization. A big thank you to Nazia Imtiaz Hussain for your help.

The proceeds of the film will directly benefit Mashal School, a philanthropic initiative that reaches out to children from the most underprivileged strata of the society.

The film focuses the lives of some students of MashalSchool. Girls for whom attending a school and getting a chance to play Cricket is a respite from the everyday challenges of life. Cricket for these girls is more than a sport.

By supporting Mashal School’s philanthropy such life changing initiatives and girls’ education can be made sustainable.