Pakistani documentary shortlisted for Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award

Documentary follows inspirational journey of an extraordinary teacher and her three students

Web Desk October 25, 2015
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A Pakistani TV documentary about girls’ education has been shortlisted for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television.

documentary Flight of the Falcons has made to the final list of 2015 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television.

The documentary Flight of the Falcons, which has been produced by Infocus Asia and directed by filmmaker Shehzad Hameed, is a story about an extraordinary teacher Sister Zeph and her three students as they struggle to fight against child marriage, corporal punishment and societal pressures to achieve a collective dream: empowering girls and women through education.

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The documentary is one of 10 films shortlisted for the award which will be presented during the CASBAA Convention in Hong Kong, on 28 October 2015.

“There are a thousand stories about children rights: the threats and risks to which some children are exposed and the ways they can be overcome so that each child can grow to her or his full potential,” Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication for UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, said.

“When these are told using the potent storytelling that is the special talent of the best television news and documentary teams, children’s lives and stories come alive and communities and countries are inspired to take action,” he added.

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The award has been run by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), CASBAA and UNICEF since 2001. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters and producers in pursuing high quality children’s television and better coverage of children’s issues.


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