“Our film got nominated for an Emmy!"
Haya Fatima Iqbal has recently been nominated for her third Emmy award, following the release of her short film As Far As They Can Run.
The film has been put forward at the 44th Annual News and Documentary Awards, under Outstanding Short Documentary.
The short film is centred on the story of three young adults with intellectual disabilities embarking on their path to becoming athletes in Pakistan’s Special Olympics Program.
Taking to Instagram stories, Haya shared the good news with her followers.
She said: “Our film got nominated for an Emmy!
“The film follows the lives of children in and around Mirpurkhas who have intellectual disabilities, and eventually receive training to become athletes.”
Haya went on to say that it was an honour to witness the efforts of the instructors who worked with the children to enable them to reach their full potential.
Haya Fatima Iqbal is well known for her complex storytelling techniques and is committed to highlighting important social issues via her projects.
As Far As They Can Run also promises to make a compelling influence in the short film industry.
Haya also revealed that one of the lead characters, Sana Kapri, was given the opportunity to light the torch at the Special Olympics in Berlin.
The film also follows the journey of Ghulam and Sajawal, who received no support from their families, and were forced to struggle with difficult circumstances.
Sharing an image of cinematographer Nadir Siddiqui from 2018, Haya expressed the desire to relive her moments on the red carpet once again.
The short film is directed by Tanaz Eshaghian and has been produced by Christoph Jörg.
Haya co-produced the short film A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2018. As a result, Pakistan was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
The film focused on the story of a 19-year-old girl, who had survived an attempted honour killing by her father and uncle.
The film follows the viewpoint of the teenager who refuses to forgive her attackers, despite being pressured by the public to do so, in order for the men to return home freely.
Other projects that have been nominated include The Flagmakers by Sharon Liese and Cynthia Wade and Beirut Dreams in Color by Michael Collins.
Also nominated is The Sentence of Michael Thompson by Kyle Thrash and Haley Elizabeth Anderson.
Haya Fatima Iqbal has already won two Emmys and now she is looking for her third.