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4/14 Film Screening: Hide and Seek

The rights and lives of sexual minorities in Asia and Africa have been hot topics in the media in the last year. Uganda, Nigeria, India, Lebanon have all witnessed major changes in addressing these lives. What is happening in Pakistan, where stigma and taboos hinder open discussion of such topics among the middle class, and where the media focus tends to lean towards drones, bombs and other myriad difficulties?

“Hide and Seek” (Chuppan Chupai in Urdu) by Saad Khan and Saadat Munir is a Pakistani-Danish documentary that highlights the lives and concerns of non-straight people in Pakistan – some who identify as “gay” or “trans”, some who use other terms not in currency in the West.

Saad Khan has traveled to numerous countries such as Denmark, Canada, Dubai, London, and Spain and the film has won various “Best Documentary” awards. It follows four individuals with distinct life stories as they describe their lives under Pakistan’s current laws and raise questions about trans-gender activism, gay life, and family customs of trans-genders (and hijra) in Pakistan. Come join Harvard Pakistan and organizations from across Harvard (College, HKS, Divinity, Law School) to watch this amazing documentary. After the screening, there will be a live discussion with filmmaker Saad Khan and Abbas Jaffer, doctoral candidate in social anthropology at Harvard.

The event will be held at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, at the Starr Auditorium in Belfer Hall.

Don’t miss the chance to see an impacting and positive movie that is pushing for human rights in Pakistan.

Watch the trailer here:

Join the Facebook event.

Monday, April 14, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Cosponsored with SAI, Harvard Pakistan Student Group, Pakistan Caucus (Kennedy School), Muslim Council (Harvard Divinity School), Queer Rites (Harvard Divinity School), Harvard Lambda (Harvard Law School), South Asia Caucus (Kennedy School), LGBT Caucus (Kennedy School)

    Harvard Holi 2014












    On Saturday, March 29th, the Harvard campus became a little more colorful as students gathered in the Mac quad for Holi, the Hindu festival of colors meant to celebrate the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. The event was organized by Harvard Dharma, the Hindu Student Association, and the Harvard India Student Group. SAI awarded the groups a grant to support the event. Photos by Ted Ko, Harvard College Class of 2016

    Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the celebration.




      Film screening 4/2: These Birds Walk

      The Harvard College Pakistan Student Association in partnership with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group & the American Islamic Congress 

      is proud to bring to you “an intimate look at the struggles of runaway children and those who look after them at the Edhi Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan”

      one of the most raved-about documentaries of the day..


      featuring a discussion with Director & Producer Omar Mullick hosted by Harvard’s own  Professor Shahab Ahmed (NELC and Professor of Islamic Studies)

      April 2, 2014
      Harvard Hall 102
      12 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
      6:00PM – 8:00PM

      Dinner & Refreshments will be served!

      Join the Facebook Event.

      If you have any questions, please contact Yamna Anwar (

        Holi celebrations at Harvard 3/29









        Celebrate Holi at Harvard this weekend! Harvard Dharma and the Harvard India Student Group (HISG) are hosting celebrations this Saturday, March 29th:

        Undergraduate celebration
        Saturday, March 29th, from 11:30am – 2pm
        Come for games in the Winthrop JCR starting at 11:30am, and rang will start at 1pm in the MAC Quad

        Graduate student celebration
        Saturday, March 29th, from 3pm-5pm
        MAC Quad

          Harvard India Student Group Presents #WomenINSPIRE




















          Harvard India Student Group Presents #WomenINSPIRE

          HISG invites women from across all Harvard schools to come celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of wine and crackers, fun performances and relaxed conversations. We welcome you to use this space to share stories, songs, dance, poetry and art that fosters sisterhood and solidarity.

          When: International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014, 6pm-8pm

          Where: Peabody Terrace Common Room

          Please RSVP: