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Two Pakistani films nominated for Emmy Awards

Two time Academy Award Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness has been nominated at the prestigious 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, as announced by in New York yesterday.

The documentary has been nominated in three categories – the most for any HBO production this year – Best Documentary, Outstanding Short Documentary and Outstanding Music & Sound.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, is based on the practice of honor killing in Pakistan. The documentary chronicles one young Pakistani woman who lived to tell of her escape from an attempted honor killing by her own family.

The director has previously won three Emmys: Best Documentary and Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form for Saving Face” and Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary for her documentary “Children of the Taliban”.

Also nominated in the Outstanding Politics & Government Documentary category is Hemal Trivedi and Mohommad Naqvi’s Among the Believers – an unsettling documentary that delves into the Red Mosque and the network of seminaries that teach dangerous beliefs in parts of Pakistan.

 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy says she hopes that that their work will spark difficult conversations that eventually lead to a change in mindsets.

She said:“We have a long way to go with honor killings, which continue to impact the lives of thousands of women across the world. Through our work, we will continue to push the envelope aspiring to leave a more humane world for the next generation. My team and I are honored to have received three Emmy nominations and aim to bring the statues home.” 

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Complex at Columbus Circle in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Awards will be presented in 49 categories. The 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honours programming distributed during the calendar year 2016.  

The documentary had previously won an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards and the coveted Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, in 2016 and the Best International Television Award at the 49th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards in May 2017.

 

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