Published: Wed Dec 1, 2010A film about young Pakistani students and drug abuse will shed insight on drug problems in our own community when an exchange student presents his film, "There is Hope" in Derryberry Auditorium this Friday at 7 p.m.
This film, free and open to the public, was produced by Noman Sajjad, an exchange student from Pakistan and college friends who says he wanted to draw attention to issues young people have in common across the globe. He and Ridda Hamid, Sumeera Hassan and Sumbal Mushtaq of Pakistan Forman Christian College say the saw a need.
"My friends and I wanted to take an initiative against drug addiction," Sajjad said. "We wanted to show the reality of how easy it is for students looking to reduce tension, lose weight or feel better can slide into addiction.
"We show how smoking can often be the first step to other serious addiction."
Sajjad says his government has so many other major issues to deal with that talk about drug addiction is not as common as it is in the United States.
He has invited Lt. Mike Smith, a local community relations and drug specialist, to talk to the audience about local drug abuse issues and take questions.
Sajjad says students from middle school age to college age should find the talk enlightening.
"We just wanted to do something for the community and open the discussion," he said.
For more information, contact Sajjad at firstname.lastname@example.org.