Clover One World Double Success
Following a BAFTA nomination, Clover Films picked up two awards at the One World Media ceremony in London on June 22nd for 'Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines' and 'Africa Rising'.
Speaking from the podium, producer Jamie Doran described reporter Najibullah Quraishi as "the bravest man I have ever met" for the immense risks he took to capture such extraordinary footage of life with the insurgents in Afghanistan. He also dedicated his award for Africa Rising to the people of Sodo Region in Ethiopia who had proved that, "given the opportunity, Africans will take themselves out of poverty." The award ceremony will be broadcast globally on BBC World.
The judges comments:
'Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines'
"A fundamentally brave piece of film-making which deserves enormous praise for all involved, above all Najibullah Quraishi who spent two weeks with the insurgents in northern Afghanistan. In this difficult and dangerous environment, we were allowed to see the protagonists as three-dimensional humans: funny, murderous, fallible, scared. This was a powerful portrait of a radicalised enemy and was considered, perhaps because of the strength of its actuality, to have been the most gripping of all the films."
"A superbly shot and uplifting film about poor people in a rural region of Ethiopia who get together to help themselves. The jury found this a compelling piece of work that drew the viewer into the heart of this community as it struggled to shake off a dependency culture. From an endearing woman dismissed as mad for starting a cafe in her bush village, to the candid money lender lamenting the loss of his profits from the poor, this rich and inspiring production had it all."