Haya Fatima Iqbal, the talented documentary filmmaker, is hitting the headlines once again. Her latest creation, “As Far They Can Run,” has been nominated for the Outstanding Short Documentary category at the prestigious 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. This marks her third Emmy nomination, and she couldn’t be more thrilled!
Haya’s film takes viewers on a touching journey, following three young adults with intellectual disabilities from rural Pakistan. These remarkable individuals get the opportunity of a lifetime as they are recruited for Pakistan’s Special Olympics Program. The film sheds light on their struggles and the immense dedication of their coaches, who lovingly support them to become extraordinary athletes.
Taking to Instagram, Haya shared her excitement, announcing, “Our film got nominated for an Emmy!” She couldn’t contain her pride while discussing the film’s profound impact on the lives of children in and around Mirpurkhas.
One touching moment captured in the film was when Sana Kapri, one of the kids featured, lit the torch at the Special Olympics in Berlin last month an unforgettable achievement for all involved!
“As Far As They Can Run” also portrays the moving stories of Ghulam and Sajawal, who faced rejection from their own families and struggled under difficult circumstances, with little hope for a brighter future.
With a heartwarming throwback picture with Nadir Siddiqui, the film’s cinematographer, Haya playfully hopes to recreate a “red carpet” moment from 2018. Nadir’s incredible talent has undoubtedly contributed to the beauty of this extraordinary film.
Haya’s film competes alongside other exceptional documentaries and news films in the same category. Each of these works holds unique stories and powerful messages, making the competition fierce.
This isn’t the first time Haya has made waves in the film industry. Last year, “As Far As They Can,” directed by Tanaz Eshaghian and co-produced by Haya, was shortlisted for the Oscars 2022 in the Documentary Short Film category. Let’s not forget the incredible achievement of “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” which earned Pakistan an Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2018.
Haya Fatima Iqbal’s talent and dedication continue to shine brightly, putting Pakistani cinema on the global map. As we eagerly await the Emmy Awards, we can’t help but root for this remarkable filmmaker and her inspiring work!