The Kingdom of Mister Edhi 0+

(Le Royaume de Monsieur Edhi), Amélie Saillez, B - E 2011, original version / English and Czech subtitles, 82 min
The Kingdom of Mister Edhi

Director Amélie Saillez tells the fascinating story of Abdul Sattar Edhi and his wife, Bilquis. The couple, from the Pakistani city of Karachi, built a network of social and healthcare facilities in this Islamic country. They help everyone regardless of religion, skin colour, nationality or caste. With unflagging energy, they wage battle against prejudice and the rigidity of Pakistan’s patriarchal society. They operate a nonstop emergency service linked to more than 300 healthcare facilities. Through its shelters, Edhi’s foundation provides a haven and support for abused and ostracised women, orphans, the handicapped and homeless; in short, they help those on the margins of society in this conservative country. Although he has the outward demeanour of a saint, Edhi is a human with all the normal desires, worries and failings of an aging man.

 

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