Justice Project documentary wins top prize at Film Southasia festival

A Walnut Tree, a documentary by Pakistani filmmaker Ammar Aziz, has won the Ram Bahadur Trophy for best film at the Film Southasia documentary festival, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from November 19 to 22, 2015.

Filmmaker Aziz focuses on 70-year-old Shumal Khan. Forced to leave his ancestral home by Pakistan’s war on the Taliban, Khan now lives in the Jalozai refugee camp, along with more than 50,000 other conflict refugees.

The film was produced as part of the Justice Project in South Asia, funded by IDRC and led by AAKAR, a Delhi-based trust that works in the area of media, culture, and research. This innovative project uses film and research to document the challenges involved in the struggle for justice in five South Asian countries that have experienced violent conflicts: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Documentaries and research from the Justice Project inform public policy and raise awareness of the challenges people endure post-conflict.

Silence in the Courts, a film by Prasanna Vithanage also produced under the Justice Project, had screenings in Toronto and Ottawa in early December 2015.

Published: 11 Dec 2015

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