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Two british / Pakistan coproductions win awards or honors last week.

IATAS award for “Dispatches — Pakistan’s Taliban Generation”


The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the award in the current affairs category went to “Dispatches — Pakistan’s Taliban Generation” a special produced by October Film for Channel 4. The show investigated how the Pakistani Taliban is creating a generation of child terrorists prepared to kill both inside and outside Pakistan. The awards were presented Monday night during a ceremony at the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This report was directed by documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. According to the Associated Press news agency, the documentary shows how “the Pakistani Taliban are recruiting increasingly younger fighters from small madrassas in deprived neighbourhoods to carry out deadly attacks both inside and outside Pakistan.”

“We congratulate the men and women behind these groundbreaking reports.” said Bruce L. Paisner, the International Academy’s president & CEO, in a news release. “Despite the danger surrounding them, they are committed to journalistic excellence and we are pleased to be recognizing their outstanding work with an Emmy.”

More info on Channel 4 website

“Slackistan” at Abu Dhabi, Raindance, Goa and SF festivals


The same week, director Hammad Khan announced this week that his debut feature film “Slackistan ” will be premiering at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, in the New Horizons category. His films follows the life of young people in Islamabab / Pakistan, “their relationships, internal angst and life choices”. The festival director Peter Scarlet told Emirates 24/7, “There’s an equally impressive line-up of films by new talents from Egypt, France, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and the UAE. The selection also includes one of the most surprising and unexpected new films we’ve seen all year, Slackistan by Hammad Khan, a Pakistan-UK co-production.”He submitted his film to the Abu Dhabi Film Festival through the regular application route, and Slackistan was selected from over 2,000 submissions, including 100 from South Asia alone. “It’s a really big honour,” Khan said. The festival is ongoing from October 10 to October 23.

“Slackistan” is also being shown at the Raindance Film Festival in the UK, the South Asian Film Festival in San Fransisco and the International Film Festival of India in Goa this year.


Film website

Sources : AP (29/09/2010), The Express Tribune (29/09/2010)

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