Salam - The First ****** Nobel Laureate’ is a feature length documentary about Abdus Salam, the first Muslim to win the Nobel prize in Physics for the Standard Model—a holy grail in 20th century physics that postulated the Higgs Boson ('The God Particle') and was a step towards fulfilling Einstein’s dream of unifying the laws of nature. The film captures his dramatic and ultimately tragic life's journey—from a small village in Pakistan to worldwide scientific acclaim—and his fraught relationship with his homeland, where he faced persecution for being a member of the “heretical” Ahmadiyya sub sect of Islam. Salam's legacy continues to be at the center of hard-fought culture wars in Pakistan between progressives segments and the religious right wing in a fundamental argument to define the constitutional nature of the state. At the cross roads between science and religion, Salam's story has huge relevance to contemporary Pakistan and the Muslim world beyond.
Directed by Anand Kamalakar
English, 76 minutes, 2018, USA