War, Lies & Hashtags: Pakistan’s Twitter Battles

War, Lies & Hashtags: Pakistan’s Twitter Battles

Media Category: TV
Media Organization: Al Jazeera Media Network
By: HashamKabirCheema

I made my directorial debut with this short documentary for Al Jazeera English. The film aims to explore themes such as nationalism, populist politics and the vulnerabilities of social media when weaponised by propagandists. It is a character driven observational film that follows Farhan Virk, a Pakistani Twitter activist notorious for running hyper-nationalist hashtag campaigns. It captures the above themes in the backdrop of the heated India-Pakistan military escalation in Feb 2019.