Habib University’s faculty is comprised of experts in social development and policy, communication studies and design, science and engineering, and a range of other academic fields. One such faculty member is independent filmmaker Jamil Dehlavi who studied film at Columbia University in New York and went on to produce and direct many international award-winning feature films and documentaries. Professor Dehlavi is currently an Associate Professor at Habib University’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Professor Dehlavi’s short film “Blood Money” was selected for screening by the Short Film Corner at the 69th Cannes Film Festival held from 11 to 22 May 2016. Being one of the world’s most prestigious Festivals where films from all over the world are premiered, the Cannes Film Festival is a globally celebrated event where his film was exhibited. “Blood Money” was made with the state of the art facilities at Habib University’s Nariman Kaikhushroo Irani Film Studio which Professor Dehlavi created.
This short film is a thriller in which an American CIA agent is arrested in Karachi after shooting a young Pakistani mugger in the street and the US government is obliged to pay the deceased’s family two million dollars of blood money to obtain his release. The story is based on a real-life incident which occurred in Lahore and involved the CIA agent Raymond Davis.