Directed by Anand Kamalakar
Salam – The First ****** Nobel Laureate’ is the definitive story of Abdus Salam, the first Pakistani to win the Nobel prize. The multi-award winning film captures in vivid detail his life’s journey—from a small village in Pakistan to worldwide scientific acclaim—and his fraught relationship with his homeland, where he faced rejection for being a member of the “heretical” Ahmadiyya movement.
Anand Kamalakar is a Brooklyn based film director, producer and editor. Heart of Stone, a film he produced and edited, won over ten awards including Best Film at Slamdance Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival. It also won an award for Best Editing at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Anand has worked as an editor for Primetime (ABC), Dateline (NBC) and 20/20 (ABC) and was the editor of the 2004 Emmy nominated ABC special on the Iraq war titled Brothers in Arms. Anand was also a creative consultant on the academy award-winning documentary Born Into Brothels. His last project Holy (un)Holy River premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and has won several awards around the world.
Omar Vandal received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis studying tuberculosis at the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City, and now lives in Seattle.
Zakir Thaver is a Science/Education Media Producer. He worked as Consultant for Granada America in New York. He also produced a UNESCO-funded science TV series in Pakistan, and has worked in curriculum development as well as distance learning via TV at the Aga Khan University. Zakir majored in physics at the College of Wooster, in Ohio.