Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been nominated at the esteemed 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for 'Best Feature Story in a News Magazine'.
Sharmeen's Freedom Fighters made it to the list alongside Nadia for 60 Minutes by CBS and The Dropout by ABC News among others. "Freedom Fighters is dedicated to Pakistan’s brave female fighters who are not afraid of facing adversity and are entrenched on the frontlines, to create a better tomorrow for their neighbors, community, and country," shared Sharmeen as she took to Facebook to share the feat.
Produced by Sharmeen's banner, SOC Films for Center for Investigative Journalism, Freedom Fighters is just one part of a documentary series that features four other female filmmakers who tell stories of women taking control, taking power and taking chances.
"The short documentary film (33 minutes) interweaves the stories of three brave women – a former child bride, a police officer, and a labor crusader – who are speaking out against inequality and pushing for equal rights. It features a mix of verité sequences and animation as it follows these crusaders on a mission to create a more just country for their fellow citizens," explained Sharmeen's post.
Sharmeen's co-director for Freedom Fighters, Maheen Sadiq shared that the short is a "testament to the strength, perseverance, and determination of a woman," and further said, "We can all take inspiration from these powerful women who have braved their past and are now standing up for change, shaping not just their own futures, but the futures of generations to come."
This isn't the first feather in the cap for the documentary, though. It was awarded the best documentary short award at Tallgrass Film Festival earlier and has been featured in a number of film festivals around the globe.
The nominations were announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Saturday and the winners are expected to be announced on September 21 in an online ceremony at the Emmy Awards website.
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