Talented and created filmmakers from across the globe shattered barriers in the time of pandemic to produce awe-worthy short films for the 2021 Religious Freedom Film Competition. They put their heart and soul into their projects in pursuit of the grand prize.
The competition was organized by Empower Women Media and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, which featured women filmmakers from around the world. The participants were asked to creatively encapsulate the essence of religious freedom in their products. Amongst the applicants was also Pakistan’s Wagma Feroz.
Her film “She makes everything beautiful” was based on the true story of Sonia – a Christian woman who was employed and accepted at a multi-faith salon in Swat. The owner of the salon intentionally hired women of other faith, knowing they had to deal with a lot of discrimination. The salon owner believed in bridging the religious and cultural barriers to bring women of different faiths under one roof to promote inclusivity.
Feroz won the grand prize for her film and was awarded $3,500 for it. “A Taste of Freedom” by Meshair Jirdeh and Terri Marie clinched the 2nd spot and $1,000 prize money, and Yamini Ravindran’s animated short film “Switch On” grabbed 3rd place and $500.
Following the victory, Wagma Feroz took to Twitter to tell the world that her “family threw her a party on Winning Grand Award in International Religious Freedom Film Competition.”
According to reports, the winning films were cherished during Dare to Overcome, a global awards ceremony thrown by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. The global conference took place in Tokyo from August 22 to 24.
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