Pakistani Filmmaker Wins 2 Awards in World Media Festival for War Documentaries
Pakistani filmmaker Shehzad Hameed Ahmad’s documentary series on Afghanistan has acquired two Silver prizes at the prestigious World Media Festivals 2020 at Hamburg, Germany.
According to a press statement, the award-winning documentary just got two awards last month at the recently held New York Festival 2020.
Mr. Ahmad’s insightful and captivating documentaries on the conflict in Afghanistan, ‘Caught in the Crossfire,’ and ‘The Battle for Kabul’ got the awards in the Global Issues and Political documentaries category, respectively.
He, accompanying with his team, spent 15 days in Afghanistan, traveling to Bagram Airbase, Ghazni, and surrounding regions of Kabul to shoot the two-hour-long documentary.
On the first day of his filming, a suicide bomber relating to the militant Islamic State association blew himself up inside a gym full of young Afghans in the Dasht-i-Barchi Shia region.
Mr. Ahmad and his team arrived at the emergency hospital to shoot, only to discover out there was another bomb blast that resulted in the death of Samim Faramarz, a local Afghan journalist standing on the explosion site.
These horrible moments were filmed and matured at the opening scene of the series.
Mr. Ahmad’s first silver award for the night came for part 1: ‘Caught in the Crossfire,’ a documentary that was recorded to know Afghans stuck in the conflict among Allied Forces and the Taliban.
It centered on the lives of three common civilians: a reporter, a female street performer, and a young army cadet, who are stuck in this endless war between the Taliban and the Afghan administration.
In ‘Caught in the Crossfire,’ Mr. Ahmad obtained unparalleled access to the Kabul Military Training Centre, where Afghan and US forces prepare against guerrilla battle.
His second silver prize is for ‘The Battle for Kabul.’ In this film, the director and producer got rare access into Taliban Badlands near Ghazni to know why the Taliban are getting control of more regions 18 years since America attacked the nation.
The native Taliban leader only gave one hour for filming and advised that the region could be targeted by a drone for which they would not take obligation.
In this documentary, Mr. Ahmad later lodged with the Afghanistan Army on an action against the Taliban outside Kabul to examine the causes why the Afghan National Security Forces were fast dropping soldiers to fight and attrition.