Pakistani filmmaker takes a swipe at hate speech

Arafat Mazhar’s animated offering promotes tolerance as social media fuels more and more violence

09 December 2020 - 19:39 By Umar Farooq

The creator of an animated film on blasphemy in Pakistan is hoping it will prompt discussion on tolerance at a time when rights advocates say hate speech on social media is increasingly triggering violence.

The short film, Swipe, is about a boy obsessed with a hypothetical smartphone app that allows people to vote on whether someone should be killed for blasphemy and offers a glimpse of a stark future of what rights groups say is a worrisome present...

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