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UOWD student recognised for filmmaking talent

Thursday, 5 December, 2013

Aamna Raffat Jahan, a Master of Media and Communications student from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), has won in the ‘Special Mention by the Jury’ category at the 10th Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) Awards for Excellence in Mumbai, India.

Aamna’s entry ‘Qurban’ is a short documentary film about the struggling lives of two young boys living in the slums in India. The 11 minute film deals with the issue of child labour and its impact on society, and demonstrates the innocence, wisdom and the spirit of these children under difficult circumstances.

The IDPA Awards is a prestigious annual event, recognising the efforts of young Indian filmmakers. IDPA is a non-commercial organisation and India’s single largest association of producers of documentaries, animation films, advertisement films and TV programs.

Prior to the IDPA Awards, ‘Qurban’ was also honoured at Cinematheque 2012 in Kolkata, and at the first National Student Film Awards, organised by the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

“This is simply overwhelming, as it is my first film,” says Aamna. “In the future, I would like to use documentary films for education and to contribute to bringing positive change around us”, she adds.

Watch Aamna’s film ‘Qurban’ - A short documentary on the life of child labour.