Kashmir’s Torture Trail by Jezza Neumann has been nominated as the third finalist under Sony impact for the Rory Peck Award. The film tells the story of the serious and sustained human rights abuses in the Kashmir valley.
As per a statement Judges were impressed by Jezza’s commitment to the story, working in a highly demanding environment, and “how he managed to film on both sides of the line – police and torture victims” to show us what’s really happening. The film was made for Channel 4 Dispatches.
For the Rory Peck Awards, films and footage from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Mali, Somalia and Syria are in the line-up for this year. The awards have been dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and women in news and current affairs, after two years dominated by the middle east.
In the Rory Peck Award for News, Bangladeshi freelancer Al-Emrun Garjon is a finalist for Bangladesh Factory Collapse – in-depth coverage of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Dhakar, shot for AP Television News.
“This year’s nine finalists remind us that the Rory Peck Awards aren’t just about freelancers covering conflict, they’re also about storytelling, filmmaking skill and commitment”, said Tina Carr, director of the Rory Peck Trust. “We all benefit from the determination of freelancers to unearth and tell important stories – often working alone and unsupported – and the Rory Peck Awards are our chance to honour their incredible work and say thank you.”
The winners of the Rory Peck Awards 2013 will be announced on 20th November at the Rory Peck Awards ceremony, held at London’s BFI Southbank.