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International Documentary Section

On the Verge of Death

Ramsha Yaseen



"Natasha's harrowing journey through autoimmune encephalitis serves as a poignant testament to the resilience of the human spirit. At the tender age of 16, she slipped into a month-long coma, only to emerge with a blank canvas for a memory. Declared dead by doctors, Natasha faced the Herculean task of relearning the very essence of her existence. The most agonizing facet of her struggle was the profound memory loss, rendering her an unfamiliar entity to herself. Basic functions like speech, walking, and even inscribing her name became arduous milestones in her path to recovery. The daunting challenge extended to recognizing her kin and friends, a journey fraught with emotional turbulence spanning over two years. Navigating the intricate web of school, personal, and social spheres proved an arduous undertaking for Natasha, akin to losing one's identity and grappling with the aftermath of such a profound loss. The relentless pursuit of self-discovery unfolds as an ongoing saga, with Natasha remaining an eternal student of her own life, devoid of recollections of her formative sixteen years. Her unwavering determination in the face of such adversity showcases the indomitable strength that can emerge from the depths of human perseverance.

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Director's Biography

Ramsha Yaseen, a Pakistani filmmaker, nurtured her passion for storytelling and visual arts from a young age. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Literature, she seamlessly translated her narrative prowess into the visual medium. This realization ignited her journey into filmmaking, culminating in her pursuit of a Master's in Film and Television Production. Ramsha's multifaceted talents extend beyond directing, encompassing scriptwriting and art direction. Her time on diverse sets is marked by a genuine thirst for learning, showcasing a commitment to mastering the intricacies of filmmaking. As a visionary filmmaker, she combines storytelling finesse with visual expertise, positioning herself as a rising star in the industry. Her imminent graduation heralds a new chapter in her burgeoning career, promising to make enduring contributions to the cinematic landscape. Ramsha Yaseen's unique blend of creativity and dedication positions her as a notable force, poised to leave an indelible mark on the world of filmmaking with her compelling narratives and visual understanding.

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