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A doc project about Pakistan received one of the 11 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

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On April 26, the Tribeca Film Institute gave out US$92,000 in funds as part of its Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards and alumni grants, in a ceremony in Manhattan

One doc project about Asia received one of the TAA Creative Promise award for documentary’s Alumni grants.  

“The Path”, from Senain Kheshgi tells the story of a 80-year-old barber who has rescued more than 8,000 kidnapped children in Pakistan.

The award’s documentary jurors were Claire Aguilar, Julie Goldman, Eugene Hernandez, Jean Tsien, and Debbie Zimmerman.

10 other projects won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards 2012, including film about America and Africa. Now in its ninth year, TAA was created to foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities.

“Tribeca All Access represents a community of truly remarkable artists, and we are proud to support both the completion and effective dissemination of their work,” said Beth Janson, executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).

During this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, TFI filmmakers from TAA participated in one-on-one industry meetings on how to network with film industry executives, potential investors, development executives, producers and agents.

About “The Path”

Senain Kheshgi (director/producer); Rasheed Ahmed (producer)  Pakistan

Synopsis: in the small, dusty town of Larkana, Pakistan, seven hours drive from the bustling port city of Karachi lives a poor, uneducated barber. This old man seems just like anyone else in the village, except that he has sacrificed everything to single handedly rescue over 8000 lost and kidnapped children. The Path follows his journey, both physical and spiritual, from his old life as the personal barber of Pakistan’s President to his simple and straightforward life as the savior of thousands.

Senain Kheshgi is a Pakistani-American journalist and filmmaker who has produced, written and directed projects for numerous networks including, CNN, ABC News, PBS, Discovery, as well as The BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. She recently completed Project Kashmir, a feature documentary filmed by Ross Kauffman (Oscar-winner for Born Into Brothels) in which she and her Indian-American friend investigate the war in the Kashmir Valley and find their friendship tested over deeply rooted religious and cultural divides. . Project Kashmir has been awarded grants from ITVS/PBS, The Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The Fledgling Fund, The Center for Asian American Media among others. Project Kashmir premiered at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York in 2008 and will continue to screen internationally with a US broadcast scheduled on PBS in 2010. She is on the Board of Directors of The International Documentary Association in Los Angeles.

SOURCES: catapultfilmfund.org, TFI,realscreen.com, hollywoodreporter.com (27/04/12)

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