Society for the Promotion of Art and Culture

Volunteers from AFA-project collect material for the village museum project in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka in March 2017

Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka is a remarkable village in rural Pakistan. A large number of volunteers from Western countries have visited and coached the village people in a help to self help project for over quarter century. Dolls and tin toys reflecting regional cultures of Pakistan are village products which generate cash income for the farming families through the local cooperative like NGO. At the same time, volunteers from Western countries are also having fun by working creatively in a remote village with strong overlays by the traditional culture of Indus Valley (Harappa 3.000 B.C.), the Mogul period, influences from the colonial British-India and the Punjab country culture. Hence the playfulness of a "toy village" is on both sides: for the villagers by manufacturing hand-craft toys for cash in a not-yet industrialized region avoiding rural exodus to the big cites (poverty slums that are generated in cities by migration). And on the other side one can notice the joy of Western volunteers being confronted at work by their own history framework but in present time and with a very foreign and sometimes strange context.

Here readers can see Director and Producer Dr Joachim Polzer, Potsdam (moviemaker of Amjads Village - 1991 and Thatta Kedona – 2005) is handing over material to Dr Senta Siller. Remember, the movie Thatta Kedona - Polzer Media Group GmbH & Globians Media Project - was shown on Globians Documentary Festival 2005 in the City Hall of Potsdam.

In another image here, Renate Borowka, Soltau, a photographer from Village Life 1994 who held a special photography exhibition in 1995 in the Broadcasting and Telvison Centre in Cologne, Voice of Germany is seen discussing her past experiences with Dr Senta Senta Siller. The photographs now make a unique part of Amjad Village Project.

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