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Ramchand Pakistani
The trials and tribulations of the first Pakistani woman to ever direct a feature film.
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2009 10:57 GMT



Forever Enthralled

Director Chen Kaige is one of the major figures to emerge from China's so-called Fifth Generation of filmmakers. 

Leon Lai plays real-life female-impersonator in Chen Kaiges's Forever Enthralled
His Farewell My Concubine remains the only Chinese film to win the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Chen's latest film, Forever Enthralled, revisits territory first explored in Concubine.

It stars Hong Kong star Leon Lai as Mei Lanfang, a real-life female-impersonator who was a Beijing opera star of the 1930s.

Zhang Ziyi, the world's most famous Asian actress (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Rush Hour 2), plays Mei's love interest.

FPS entertainment editor Amanda Palmer talks to Chen, Lai and Zhang about the film and how it relates to Chinese society both then and now.

Mike Valentine, underwater cinematographer

Mike Valentine and his crew at work on Basic Instinct 2
Mike Valentine has spent half his life underwater in pursuit of perfect images and action sequences.

We profile this sub-aquatic cinematographer extraordinaire.

Mike has built up an impressive portfolio, filming underwater sequences for such modern-day classics as The Bourne Supremacy, The Beach and Casino Royale.

We join Mike Valentine on the soggy set of Years of Torment, a film about the 1911 Italian invasion of Libya and one boy's 12-year exile on an island in the Adriatic Sea.

Ramchand Pakistani

With Ramchand Pakistani, director Mehreen Jabbar becomes the first Pakistani woman ever to direct a feature film.

Al Jazeera's entertainment editor Amanda Palmer and director Mehreen Jabbar
Based on actual events, the story is about a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father who accidentally cross the border into India from their village in Pakistan at a time of extreme tensions between the two countries.

The pair end up spending five years in an Indian prison, while the mother, played by renowned Indian actress Nandita Das, is left behind to wonder what has happened to them.

Director Mehreen Jabbar joins Amanda Palmer, Al Jazeera's entertainment editor, and the FPS audience to discuss her topical film, and the trials and tribulations of making a feature debut in some of the toughest conditions imaginable.

This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600 and 1630; Friday: 0130 and 0830; Saturday: 1130 and 2330; Sunday: 0630 and 2030 Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 1230 and 1930; Wednesday: 0300.

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Al Jazeera
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