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Pakistan’s ‘Flight of the Falcons’ wins award at 2016 New York Festivals

Pakistan’s ‘Flight of the Falcons’ wins award at 2016 New York Festivals

The film follows the journey of one Pakistani schoolteacher and her three students as they struggle to fight against child marriage, corporal punishment and societal pressures

Pakistan filmmaker’s documentary  ‘Flight Of The Falcons’ has won the Gold Medal in the Best Documentary: Community Portraits category at the New York Festivals award ceremony in Los Angeles.

Filmmaker Shehzad Hameed Ahmad’s 48-minute documentary film based on girl’s education in Pakistan titled ‘Flight Of The Falcons’

The documentary follows the remarkable journey of one Pakistani schoolteacher Sister Zeph and her three students as they struggle to fight against child marriage, corporal punishment and societal pressures to achieve a collective dream of empowering girls and women through education.

“This was my second nomination for this documentary,” said Shehzad, who was also nominated for the Best Documentary at the UNICEF Child Rights Award in 2015.

Hameed has previously won the Best Documentary Award at the 2014 Indiana Film Festival for his documentary ‘The Pakistan Four’ –  a film about the inspirational journeys of 4 pathbreaking Pakistani American women in the United States.

The film, ‘Flight Of The Falcons’, is about Riffat Arif, whose runs a one-room school for girls in Aroop, Gujranwala. It follows Riffat’s journey for justice for 3 of her students as they fight against child marriage, street harassment, corporal punishment.

Flight of The Falcons – part of Channel NewsAsia’s Bring Back Our Girls series – gives insights to child marriages, corporal punishment, street harassment, resulting in 25 million out-of-school children in Pakistan.

The 48-minute documentary can be viewed here.

About Sana Jamal

Sana Jamal is a journalist from Pakistan who writes for local and international news media. She also manages Islamabad Scene
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