Mr. Maher Mohammad Akmal belongs to Bahawalpur, Pakistan. He was born on May 01, 1991 and received his early education from local “Taat” schools. It was until his seventh birthday, when Maher spoke first word. Though he still stammers, but he has devoted his passionate and undaunted voice to the people of South Punjab and remained a strong advocate against social injustice, bridging the gap between aspirations of his people and corridors of power. Discovering mass communication as the strongest mean to convey silenced voices in him of his native people, he soon found the motivation to pursue masters in film and television from the University of Punjab, Lahore. His passion and well acclaimed work in still photography as well as for making short films and documentaries on social issues earned him opportunities to work with different NGOs and the Embassy of Germany.
He spent two rigorous years in Karachi in various production units. His hard work paid off when he was assigned to work under the lights of Indian cinema great, Naseer ud din Shah on the sets of “Zinda Bhag” as Art Director. Right after Zinda Bhag, he directed another flick “The Downward Dog”, highlighting social evils of the society. He has been actively involved in short film production and direction film festivals and represented Pakistan in Sri Lanka at the SAARC Summit 2015. Mr Akmal’s intense interest in history and ancient civilization brought him to the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilization, the Quaid e Azam University, where he recently completed another Masters’ degree in Archaeology. Mr. Akmal has been actively involved in different social and community development projects in Southern Punjab and recently co-founded Taqat-e-Parwaz Foundation, aiming at youth development through skill building.