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The Jury Award - Dukhtar (Daughter) - Pakistan
  
Afia Nathaniel
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Afia Nathaniel is the recipient of TheWIFTS Jury Award 2014. Her directorial debut Dukhtar illustrates the filmmaker's talent to capture a compelling drama inspired by true events set in the remote location of Kashmir Paklistan.

Award-winning filmmaker Afia Nathaniel loves pushing the boundaries of narrative film. Her debut feature film Dukhtar – a road-trip thriller – had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Dukhtar went on to win Best Director and Audience Award for Best Feature at the South Asian International Film Festival. Among her many accomplishments, Afia has won the Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award, Ezra Litwak Distinction in Screenwriting, IFP Market Best Screenplay Emerging Narrative, a Hollywood Foreign Press Association award, and she is a Semi-Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship.

In her overall skills as a filmmaker, Afia worked as an assistant editor on the acclaimed feature documentary Shame which premiered at Toronto, and also produced the supernatural short film Vanish in New York. In addition to filmmaking, Afia enjoys mentoring student filmmakers based in the US and Pakistan, and has worked in an advisory capacity on several feature film projects. She currently is in development on two feature length films. Based in New York, Afia Nathaniel holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University (Dean's Fellow), BSc. Computer Science from LUMS and BSc Mathematics and Physics from Kinnaird College.

Filming in Hunza - The Hunza (Burushaski and Urdu) is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit­Baltistan region of Pakistan

Dukhtar is the Official Selection from Pakistan for the Academy Awards 2015.

About Zambeel Films: The company was founded in 2008 by award winning Pakistani filmmaker, Afia Nathaniel, based in Lahore has very local roots with stories that have a global outreach. Zambeel Films is a one-stop shop offering a complete film from script to screen. Films of any length and genre. The team's work has gone on to win several awards and accolades for short films, including, Toba Tek Singh, and the more recent award-winning production, Long After (Muntazir), which features stellar performances by Tillotama Shome (Monsoon Wedding) and Ayad Akhtar (The War Within). The films are being distributed on the internet, broadcast TV and cable. Zambeel Films is a small company with big dreams and lots of passion. We're in the business of creating a meaningful change for our audiences as well as the local film industry in Pakistan.

Cinema for Change - begun as an informal movement in 2002 by Nathaniel, the goal is to bridge the divide which exists in cinema between Pakistan and the rest of the world. At the same time, it wants to grow an audience in the country that is entertained and engaged as an informed citizen. An informed citizen is an empowered citizen. The movement believes that film audiences are not passive recipients but active catalysts of change in societies. Integral to their belief of creating change in the society is the commitment to train the next generation of local emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, especially, those from marginalized and minority communities.




 
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