Pakistan’s first film festival is underway in New York. The two-day festival is organized by the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations at Asia Society. Pakistan’s envoy to the Untied Nations Maleeha Lodhi has initiated and promoted the event. The event kicked off with a red carpet reception at the United Nations where ambassadors and permanent representatives accredited to the U.N. Have been invited, as well as members of the Pakistani diaspora, media and film buffs. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson was the chief guest at the reception to which the president of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson has also been invited. A number of celebrities from the film industry are attending the festival along with directors and producers of some of the movies being featured.