Covid Pakistan Special Needs

The closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic has been a test for children with mental and physical disabilities and their families, all over the world. The daily routine has changed dramatically, affected their learning process, and put pressure on parents. VOA’s Saman Khan has filed a report on how parents and children are adapting in Lahore, Pakistan.

  • Saman Khan
  • Saman Khan
  • Saman Khan
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    Documentary, Feature, Television, Web / New Media
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    2 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 17, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
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Director Biography - Saman Khan

Saman Khan has spent more than 16 years working in media as an anchorperson, reporter, assignment editor, Scriptwriter, researcher, feature specialist, and package producer. Ms. Khan is currently working with Voice of America as a Multimedia Producer. She makes tv reports, writes for the Web, and also makes Radio reports. She was with Pakistan’s news channel Samaa TV, as a feature package reporter / Correspondent since Jan 2011. From Jan 2006, she began working first as an interviewer on a 6 months project of Anti-Narcotics force with the collaboration of UNODC, and then after serving one year in The Sun Newspaper as a sub-editor, Saman was hired as a news anchor by a local channel named Star Asia in July 2007.
In Dec 2007, Saman Khan joined a top-rated news channel of the country Dunya TV as a pioneer team member, where she delivered her best in reporting, assignment editing, investigative research, and package production. Along the way, she has produced many stories on education, health, environment, culture, Sports, wildlife, economy, poverty, women & children rights, civil rights, terrorism, law enforcement system, and national politics. Live transmission on Cricket world cup 2011 and Eid Shows are on her credit.
Along with her job, Ms. Khan also makes documentaries as a freelancer. ICIMOD/FCDO, Film & Tell (A Swedish Company), Garrison University are the happiest clients. Saman Khan is also an Alumni of the US – Pakistan Partnership program for Journalists and did her work as an intern in an American channel 9news. Khan was awarded many awards, certificates, and letters of appreciation during her career. She received her B.S Hons (Mass Communication) degree in 2008.

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Director Statement

I would like to present this unique idea of well-being in a state of a health emergency. When everyone is talking about Covid and vaccination. I tried to highlight the issues faced by kids with special needs. Everyone was even concerned with the physical & mental health of masses during the lockdown in Covid Era and the problems faced by a normal human being. At that time I felt that there is a community that needs our voice too as Covid hits them as well. So I took my camera to show their affected lifestyle & pen to write down their issues.