Pakistani filmmaker Shehzad wins gender equality award in Singapore

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The United Women Singapore has honored the award-winning Pakistani filmmaker, Shehzad Hameed Ahmad, for championing the cause of gender equality through his films.

Shehzad, who is living in Singapore, was awarded the Gender Equality Impact Changemaker (Male Individual) award in an online ceremony for highlighting women’s causes and creating awareness for gender equality through his work over the last 10 years.

United Women Singapore’s GEIA initiative aims to recognize organizations and persons in Singapore who have championed gender equality and empowerment of women in their own communities and beyond.

The documentary films made Shehzad include The Pakistani Four (2012) where he traversed across America to film the journey of four Pakistani American women.

His film Flight of the Falcons (2015) profiled the inspiring journey of a Pakistani schoolteacher and her two-room school in Aroop, Gujranwala, highlighting the issues of girls education in rural Pakistan.

Through his film, Child Brides (2017), Shehzad highlighted the work of Nepali activists in creating awareness about this social curse.

Shehzad Hameed Ahmad has laid his hands on a range of different topics and his work being featured on TVF International, Toggle, National Geographic, TV Ontario, Dawn News, CNA and Crime & Investigation Channel.

Earlier, in May 2020, his insightful documentaries on the war in Afghanistan, Caught in the Crossfire and The Battle for Kabul won two Silver awards at the prestigious World Media Festival 2020 at Hamburg, Germany.

The same two captivating documentaries last month swept two awards at the New York Festival 2020 in the Global Issues and Political documentaries categories.

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