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Fokiya Akhtar

Position: PhD Student

Email: AkhtarF@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75688

Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building


Publications

Documentary Films:

Children of God: A documentary on special needs children in Dubai. Film won the official nomination in 4th CMS International Children’s Film Festival -2011(‘10-16’April, 2012 held in Lucknow, India. The film won the nomination for World Cinema Section. The film also won the Official Nomination at Delhi International Film festival 21st – 27th Dec 2012

 All alone and lonely: A documentary on the widows and Orphans of Kashmir.  All Alone and Lonelyhas been selected for Film & Video Competition (Documentary up to 30 minutes) Section at M.I.F.F. 
All Alone and Lonely has also won official selection for best film at ‘The Golden Gate Fiction and Documentary Festival’ (1st November 2009) and ‘San Francisco Film Festival’ (2nd July 2009). Ontario Film Festival (December 2010) CMS Film festival (April 2010) It has been nominated under the category of ‘Best Documentary Film’

Ostrich-A great bird: Documentary about the Ostrich farming in the Middle East.

Story of LaxmiThis Docu-fiction made for the Ministry of Health and Tuberculosis Association of India is about the Revised National Tuberculosis programme. The DOTS (Directly observed treatment short course) method adopted by the Government of India for complete eradication of the disease from the country. The film is an attempt to help Tuberculosis patients to understand the disease better and to create awareness among the society and the Paramedical workers .The Film also deals with the sociological aspect, including the social stigma attached with this disease.

Let's talk about HIV/AIDS: A film that explains what HIV/AIDS is? How it spreads? What are the preventive measures and how various organizations have come forward to educate and sensitize people about this killer disease? The targeted audience is the general audience and the students of continuing education.

Insect Collection and PreservationThis Film is about the collection and preservation of Insects. Insects including agricultural peststheir identification, and classification, preservation and display techniques constitute the core of the film. The target audience is the graduate students of agricultural science and pure science.

Little People on the moveThis documentary film is about mental and physical growth of a human being. It talks about the growth process of a child from Infancy to childhood to adolescence and adulthood. How the growth pattern of human beings is different from animals. Role of nature and nurture in the development of a child. The target Audience are the high school students of psychology and lay persons.

AntsThis film explores the peculiar and interesting behavior of Ants and deals with questions like, How Ants reach the food, how they communicate and why Ants always walk in a line?

Faces can lie, fingerprints never:A three-part film on the unique pattern of lines and ridges formed naturally on palms, fingers, toes and soles of our feet. This series examines in depth as to how and why each fingerprint is unique and its role in establishing the identity of an individual and its application in forensic science.

The DNA StoryUsing lively graphics this three-part film brings out the structure of DNA and also explains the techniques involved in revealing the genetic information concealed in DNA molecule. Audience is the students of molecular biology and life sciences.

Pill poppers, beware!: This eight-part video traces the history of the discovery of Antibiotics. The series raises questions and answers about various reasons for emergence of antibiotic resistance. The film also talks about the process of production of antibiotics.

Drug use and Abuse in SportsSports is about good health and fair competition. Use of drugs to enhance performance runs counter to these ideals. This film is about different kinds of drugs used by sports performers, and their harmful effects.

Eating the EnergyThis film is about the diet of a sports performer, their calorie requirement, and how it is different from a sedentary person.

Why swim at AllThis film is about the mankind’s passion for swimming. It investigates the reasons for the lack of professionalism in swimming in India and highlights the lukewarm response of the Sports Authority towards generating lucrative incentives and creating adequate infrastructure for this wonderful sports event.

Plasma MembraneMaking use of lively graphics, this three-part video illustrates the uptake of food and minerals across the cell membrane and how a living cell discriminates between wanted and unwanted food elements.

Himalayas – The Untold StoryThe Himalayas are the youngest ranges and are sites of most of the world’s highest peaks. This two-part discussion relates continental drift to the emergence of the Himalayas in the geological time scale. The film highlights different ecological niches and opportunities offered by the Himalayas to high altitude flora to evolve into the most colorful exotic plants species, leading to a wide base of biological and genetic diversity. 

How communication worksfour part series on how communication works, This video is about the various processes of communication and talks about effective communication, verbal and non-verbal communication.