Pakistani filmmaker takes a swipe at hate speech


Pakistani filmmaker takes a swipe at hate speech

Arafat Mazhar’s animated offering promotes tolerance as social media fuels more and more violence

Umar Farooq

The creator of an animated film on blasphemy in Pakistan is hoping it will prompt discussion on tolerance at a time when rights advocates say hate speech on social media is increasingly triggering violence.

The short film, Swipe, is about a boy obsessed with a hypothetical smartphone app that allows people to vote on whether someone should be killed for blasphemy and offers a glimpse of a stark future of what rights groups say is a worrisome present.

“The screen is what alienates people and what they say through a screen they probably wouldn’t say to another person in front of them,” Arafat Mazhar, the director of the 14-minute animated film, said...

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