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Mixed Martial Arts and South Asian culture come together. An MMA event shows Pakistan to the world like never before.

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Introduction

This is the short film of the project titled PAKMMA Fighting Alliance – Another Kind of Pakistan that you can find here. The funding for that project have been cancelled and will resume in the near future. We’ve set a budget of 1000$ that will fund a short film that will feature the first PAKMMA Fighting Alliance event, set to take place in Lahore. The short film will cover the same elements as the original feature film but with the focus on Lahore.

Pakistani MMA Fighter returns back to Pakistan after fighting in Jakarta at ONEFC 10 as the underdog against Brazilian No-Gi Champion Bruno Pucci. He returns to the MMA scene he created and gets to work immediately on his brainchild - PAKMMA FIghting Alliance.

This is a project being done by Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan, better known as PAKMMA. Do a quick google search, and you'll get an idea about what PAKMMA is and who Bashir Ahmad, the founder, is.

But, if you don't want to do the google search, or need more information to even be motivated to search us, here who we are in a nutshell:

Bashir Ahmad

Bashir Ahmad is a Pakistani- American who was born in Pakistan but was raised in the USA as an American citizen. He was always one to think outside the box and live life to the beat of his own drum, and that's what led him to decide to move to Pakistan and promote the sport of MMA. Martial Arts had given him so much in his own life that he felt it could do a lot for youth of Pakistan; he felt that "it was just a calling from my heart that spoke to me, that making the decision to move to Pakistan would ultimately bring a lot of positivity to people". Through handwork, patience and little bit of luck, he has been successful far sooner than anyone could have imagined.

PAKMMA

PAKMMA is the organization started by Bashir to promote the sport of MMA in the country. It has evolved from being just a website to being a representation and symbol of a subculture for Pakistani youth who are banding together over fight nights in basements and gyms around the country. Inch by inch, day by day this sub-culture that has brought together the rich and the poor with no distinction, is creeping into the mainstream.

Now we could write on forever or you could just quickly watch this video and get caught up with everything!

About the Film

This film is going to feature two things, that an average person wouldn't even imagine being in the same sentence, “Mixed Martial Arts” and “Pakistan”. Pakistan being the country that it is, with constant bombings, suicide attacks, abductions you name it, MMA is the last thing one would imagine being there, but MMA has arrived and is growing strong. This movie is going to show the differet side of Pakistan, told by Pakistanis through the lens of PAKMMA, with MMA serving as your tour guide. The short film will focus on Lahore, where the inaugural event of the travelling MMA show called, PAKMMA Fighting Alliance is to take place.

Event Poster
Event Poster

It'll cover how with the constant state of instability and uncertainty the crew is going to setup and execute a successful MMA promotion. As a 3rd world country, Pakistan poses challenges that most 1st world countries have no concept of, be it trivial matters like tardiness, plain lack of professionalism, or extreme conditions such as bombings and kidnappings and random acts of public violence. The viewers will get to see how the team faces and deals with all those challenges as well as what it takes to setup and run a promotion in Pakistan.

It is also going to show how the sport of MMA has become a factor in breaking the social barriers in Pakistan, that brings people from all walks of life together to compete, watch and support the sport that has taken the world by storm. From the hardworking farmer that has never seen the outside of his village, to the rich kid whose been all over the world, you’ll get to see both of these worlds mix together under the MMA banner and show that Pakistanis aren’t just religious extremists that cringe everytime someone mentions America, that they are normal people that try and lead a normal life amidst all the chaos. This film is going to cater to everyone, MMA fans, people who enjoy documentaries or people who just enjoy a feel good movie without the glitz and glamour added by Hollywood.

Lahore-

An ancient city, only 30 some kilometers from India, Lahore is Delhi's sister city and the heart of Pakistan's culture. Fashion, music and arts are centered in the largest city of the most populous province - The Punjab. This is the center of the MMA scene of Pakistan and where Bashir Ahmad is based. A hotbed of traditional Kushti wrestling, combat sports have a long history of patronage by the Mughal nobility in this city - now it's YOUR turn! Lahore holds the most active fighters of any other city and the most promotions. The tour will begin and end here.

The Crew

Suroosh Alvi - Suroosh is most known as the co-founder of VICE. VICE, for those of you who may not be familiar with it, is a fast rising media company which has had shows on MTV; it has one of the most popular YouTube channels and currently has a show on HBO. Suroosh has traveled all over the world in search of the most interesting and controversial news stories. A film that he directed, “Heavy Metal in Baghdad", was a major influence in creating this project. Suroosh brings a wealth of experience and guidance to the project and we’re very lucky to have him on board.

Bashir Ahmad - Bashir Ahmad is commonly known as the “Godfather of Pakistani MMA” because he single handedly established an MMA scene in Pakistan from scratch. He grew up in the United States but moved to Pakistan in 2009 to introduce the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. At the time everyone thought his idea was crazy, however, four years later, PAKMMA is a legitimate part of the Asian MMA scene and Bashir Ahmad has been covered by numerous media outlets for his successful work in creating something out of nothing. Bashir Ahmad was also the first person to ever represent Pakistan in international MMA when he made his successful debut at ONEFC 8 in Singapore on April 5th 2013. He is slated to fight once again at ONEFC 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia September 13th 2013.

Mahmood Rahman - Mahmood Rahman is one of the most recognizable figures on the Pakistani music scene. He has played alongside top performers such as Atif Aslam (in front of 75,000 fans), and has been part of the successful Pakistani band, Overload. He knows any one who is anyone in the music and arts scene in Pakistan and has performed around the world. He comes from an artistic family; his mother is a Pakistani painter who holds art exhibits in Lahore and his wife is musician/actress Meesha Shafi who most recently starred in the Hollywood movie “The Reluctant Fundamentalist".

Beyond music, Mahmood’s most recent efforts have been with the MMA scene in Pakistan. He has helped manage several MMA shows over the past year and was amongst the first Pakistanis to take part backstage in an international MMA competition when he came to ONEFC 8 as Bashir Ahmad’s official corner man. He also got to experience first hand what it takes to put on amazing MMA productions.

Mahmood has most recently put his musical talents to use in creating the anthem for PAKMMA Fighting Alliance which you will hear throughout the film - check it out!

Muhammad Afzal - Muhammad Afzal is an individual that one would not expect to be listed here. He has no education, has never left Pakistan and qualifies as just a number and/or statistic to those in the West when they view the third world. However, he has been instrumental in the establishment of PAKMMA. A former truck driver, he gave up life on the road to work for an old lady (Bashir Ahmad's grandmother) in a small Pakistani town. There, he met Bashir, who was so impressed with his ability to handle any situation that came about and his natural intelligence. When Bashir arrived in Pakistan, the first person who he called was Afzal, despite him not having any qualifications for the work. Since then, Afzal has evolved from a truck driver with no exposure to the outside world, to an MMA expert who does more work behind the scenes of Pakistani MMA than anyone gives him credit for. He will not only be instrumental to the success of this project on the ground, but will also be one of the most memorable characters in the film. He is what kickstarter is about - empowering people who otherwise would not have a chance.

How will you be spending the money?

The budget set for this short film is 1000$, this is the bare minimum we require to filming and editing and have a short film made about it that would then serve as a benchmark for the feature-length film. The main expense is going to be hiring a film crew, associated lighting and sound post production of the film, DVD filming and creation of the rewards

The Rewards

We want to give you, our supporters, the most memorable rewards possible, because without you, this project will not happen! For more details about all the rewards, please check them out in the column on the right.

We've created some rewards that we hope you can remember and cherish for a long time to come! We also hope that with your support, this movie takes off and people inquire about where you got your stuff! 

Other rewards we have created to give a personal touch to thank you for your support. The footage from these thank youd will be included in the bonus section of the"Special Edition" DVD. 

Movie Poster
Movie Poster

A Final Thank You!

We want to thank you for the taking the time out to look over our kickstarter project. We promise to put the same level of determination and passion into this project that went into creating an MMA scene from scratch. In fact, this will be a much easier task because we have already created the momentum and the underlying infrastructure. 

And a final thank you to kickstarter for providing us with the platform to give us a fighting chance. PAKMMA probably runs on a monthly budget, less than what most of you reading this make in a week, some of you maybe a day! We're not movie stars, we're normal people struggling to make a dream, a vision come alive. A vision that we hope can uplift not only our being but also the lives of so many others in Pakistan. If this movie inspires even a few hundred people to change their lives for the better, to appreciate and be grateful for what they have, it's a success. If this movie helps bridge some of the gap and any bad blood or mistrust between east and west, it's more than I could have hoped for. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving this project a chance!

Risks and challenges

Pakistan carries unique risks and challenges. In fact that is going to be part of the movie, and the unpredictability of Pakistan is what will make the movie interesting. Furthermore, what we are trying to show is that DESPITE unpredictability, life goes on and people get things done.

But some examples of what could cause delays - stuff breaking down to include generators and trucks (although that is so expected and so regular that it's pretty much factored into our planning). Another issue could be red tape or needing to give bribes to hold an event in a certain place, once again that has been factored into the misc. factor. But as we've said before, this unpredictability is something we're trying to capture!

As to how we're qualified to challenge any risks, the first thing I must say, is that I and my team are determined. Now, it is easy to say, but you simply need to look at what we have accomplished over the years, when people said it was not possible. I have a never give up attitude and the sport of MMA and the positive changes it can bring to peoples lives in Pakistan is my life's work. There is no giving up, there is no turning back. So, whatever challenges that are faced, we will overcome them.

That being said, whenever there is any problem, you'll know about it! We will be keeping a blog, emailing our backers and our fanpages are always very active.

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    Thank You so much for helping us make this project one step closer to happening. We'll give you a Facebook and twitter shout out stating thanking you for your help!

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    Get a Facebook/twitter shout out and a person email from us stating our thanks. Your not only helping to make a movie, your helping set the foundation for something that will change the direction of peoples lives!

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    Be one of the first people to view the film by getting a digital download, you will also get a twitter/facebook shout out and will receive a weekly email from Bashir Ahmad updating you about the project.

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    Get all of the previous rewards, plus a DVD of the movie that will include a 18 by 12 inch poster! Thank you so much for pledging this amount. We appreciate it so much!

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    You will get all the previous awards, plus a personal video thank you made by members of the PAKMMA team that will be made specific for you and posted to YouTube! The thank you video only applies to this reward!

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    You will get a "Special Edition" signed DVD that will include bonus footage, along with a special thank you letter and a 2' by 3' movie poster! You will also get a signed thank you picture from the travels! Only 10 of each picture will be printed!

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    Get all the previous rewards, plus a PAKMMA or PAKMMA FA T-shirt (your choice!)

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    Get the "Special Edition" DVD, the thank you letter, the poster, the signed pictures and BOTH the PAKMMA shirt and the PAKMMA FA shirt AND your name in the ending credits!

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    Get the "Special Edition" DVD, the thank you letter, the poster, the signed pictures and BOTH the PAKMMA shirt and the PAKMMA FA shirt AND your name in the opening and ending credits! As well as a personal thank you video from Bashir Ahmad to be included in the bonus section of the DVD! On top of that get a pair of PAKMMA shorts AND MMA gloves!

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    Get credited as the Assistant Producer in the closing credits of the movie, along with PAKMMA Shorts and MMA Gloves! As well as the 50$ reward

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    Get credited as the Executive Producer in the closing credits of the movie!, along with PAKMMA Shorts and MMA Gloves! As well as the 50$ reward

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    YOUR name in the opening scene of the movie along with official ONE FC gloves signed by Bashir Ahmad himself! As well as the 50$ reward.

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