Lyari Film & Photography School
Lyari Film & Photography School was a major success of Mehrdar Art & Production. It was the project where the journey of the organization began. Understanding the need of the local community being more inclined towards media entertainment and film, Mehrdar Art & Production Partnered with the Local Government, Karachi Youth Initiative and ZAHARSSS Production to open up this school in an abandoned government facility.
The main idea behind it was to disseminate knowledge and skills of film production, photography and other post production activities in the residents of Lyari especially the youth, to understand the influence of media and information and provide literacy on the subject matter to identify alternatives and eliminate violence extremism through positive reinforcement of media.
This as a result would break the support to the violent extremist groups within Lyari. Lyari Film & Photography School successfully indulged more than 300 beneficiaries from the vicinity providing learning from local film makers and photographers for mentoring. In addition to the technical skills like photography, camera handling, script writing and story boarding to translate messages on the screen, Lyari Film & Photography School also amalgamated elements of research based approach to character development and citizen journalism.