The image of Pakistan as 'the most dangerous nation in the world', or a 'dysfunctional democracy' dominates US media. Yet, throughout the history of Pakistan civil society structures, popular uprisings, and community mobilizations have attempted to hold regimes accountable and uphold human rights and dignity. Pakistan is the only nation to have seen a woman being elected twice as the head of an Islamic state, while rock bands to Sufi saints adorn the cultural landscape of this diverse nation, and recently has seen landmark judicial anti-discrimination decisions upholding the rights of transgender communities. 'Contraband Pakistan; Debunking the Stereotypes' features film makers, media personnel, policy, and political figures who will collectively provide an insider look into the hybrid realities of modern day Pakistan.
Kiran Khalid (ABC, CNN): is the first Pakistani-American woman in broadcast news in the United States, and lead reporter on issues related to Pakistan.
Javed Jabbar: Ex-Cabinet minister, two term senator, and media legend from Pakistan.