Pakistani filmmaker wins Emmy

The film was also nominated in the Outstanding Informational Programming-Long Form.

Our Correspondent October 01, 2014

KARACHI: Two years after Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary Saving Face won an Academy Award, another Pakistani filmmaker has brought Emmy fame to the country. Co-directors Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schelmann’s documentary film Outlawed in Pakistan won the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Research’ under the news and documentary sub-section of the awards. The film was also nominated in the Outstanding Informational Programming-Long Form.

“As a Pakistani filmmaker and journalist I am so pleased and honored that Outlawed in Pakistan won an Emmy last night in New York!  It was a film that took me and co-director Hilke Schellmann five years to make. This was unbelievable and something that I could have never imagined as a little girl growing up in Lahore,” Habiba Nosheen told The Express Tribune.

The documentary focuses on Kainat Soomro, who was raped by four men while she was on her way back home from school in the city of Dadu. The film follows Kainat’s struggle for justice. Pakistani-Canadian Habiba has received several other awards including the Gracie Award for Outstanding Correspondent and was recognised by the Alliance for Women in Media as a reporter.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2014.


asaaki | 8 years ago | Reply

@Parvez, creating awareness to remove the wrongs need not at all be done on international stages and by running in competition for winning awards. To raise awareness, even raising it on a local channel or in the local newspapers or by running a local campaign - that would be enough. What films or documentaries have Edhi or Akhuwaat or the Burney trust made up, and then gone in the running for an award? And that too -- with the help of goras? Do you think the West is really concerned about us? Except for the Asian Gold, the other projects were all initiated by Western foreigners. These documentaries and films and stories are going out to the world, for entertainment/media/business, not to raise awareness among the people who need to hear about these issues in order to correct them.

asaaki | 8 years ago | Reply

@Pervez,exposing such negative issues need not be done with the help of foreigners (oh you think they really care about us??), and it need not be done in international documentary competitions to win awards. Raising awareness can, and is, easily done using other avenues by people who are sincerely concerned about those issues and not about their glittering careers.

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