Directed by Raheel Waqar.

Synopsis

Decided by family elders who are not concerned about the injustice women face, forced marriages are a kind of mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable behavior.

Farzana’s Story was an official selection of the 2014 WVN Online Film Festival.

About Raheel Waqar

Raheel is CEO and founder of White Rice Communications, a leading behavior change communications agency in Pakistan. His company is a pioneer in communication design for social change and thrives on using creativity and technology for breakthrough social innovations.   Over the past 15 years, Raheel has lead the design of many industry firsts and award-winning campaigns, communication and brand strategies, and specialized content for clients like the British High Commission, Care International, the European Commission, IFC (World Bank Group), Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children, Sightsavers, Telenor, UKAID, UNICEF, UNFPA and USAID.  Raheel received the Business Leadership Excellence Award in 2015 by the Australian High Commission and was selected as Asia’s top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by the Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship program in 2009.   He actively pursues opportunities aimed at behaviour change and innovation in social development by working closely with social enterprises, nonprofits and businesses to bring creative approaches to their communication.  Raheel is a graduate in Business from the University of Southern Queensland. He regularly contributes to entrepreneurship and social innovation by serving on panels of several mentoring programs, advisory councils, juries, professional bodies and NGO’s.