Film screening: Salam – The First ̶M̶u̶s̶l̶i̶m̶ Nobel Laureate



UPDATE: Due to change of venue we have increased the capacity and opened up sign ups again.

The first UK screening of the award winning feature length documentary ‘Salam – The First ̶M̶u̶s̶l̶i̶m̶ Nobel Laureate’


“Salam” is a feature-length documentary about the Nobel Prize-winning Pakistani Physicist, Abdus Salam. The film reveals the extraordinary life of the charismatic Abdus Salam, in all its color, vitality and tragedy. It is the story of a man who traversed two worlds with ease: one of science and religion, modernity and tradition, war and peace and obscurity and celebrity.

Winning the Nobel Prize in 1979, he became the very first Pakistani and Muslim in sciences to achieve this distinction and only the fourth from the subcontinent.
Born in 1926 in a remote village in Punjab, British India, Salam was a child prodigy. He came from humble beginnings, growing up in a small brick house with a large family of eleven. While Salam’s legacy looms large in the world of Physics, he is largely forgotten in Pakistan because of his faith. Children do not read about him and he is still vilified and maligned by right-wing clerics for being a “Qadiani”—a derogatory term for someone belonging to the Ahmadiyya community.
By telling this complex story of a man who due to extremism could not strengthen his people as he so deeply desired, the film draws attention to the state of affairs in the world today, where knowledge is sacrificed at the altar of ignorance and intolerance, depriving the coming generation of all that is precious.


“A vital piece of our history.” Mahershala Ali, Oscar winning actor

“A powerful film on a great Pakistani genius, seeking self-perfection—inspiring, heartwarming, sad, all at the same time.” Naseeruddin Shah, Acto

This event is hosted by Oxford University Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association (OUAMSA), supported by OxPPC (Oxford Pakistan Policy Council) and Bloomsbury Pakistan.

Sign-ups are mandatory and limited!