Emmy Award: Filmmaker Asad Faruqi Wins Emmy Award


The documentary ‘Armed with Force’ gets an Emmy award and brings appreciation to the work of Asad Faruqi. It came to be an Outstanding Politics and Government documentary. The documentary is about lives of those Pakistani men who are part of the Bomb Disposal Squad in Khyber Pakhtunkhua. They are facing life threatening challenges throughout the movie. The documentary brings out three characters into light; Abdul Rehim, Inaytulah and Shafqat Malik. They are security personal protecting the country against Taliban. The Taliban are constantly planting bombs to bring destruction. Children are the main target of these bombers which pictures the incident of Army Public School children. This film reflects the terrorist stereotype image to the world.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy , the twice winner of Academy-award was part of the film’s production along with the former journalist Haya Fatima. Sharmeen feels proud of what Asad has accomplished and says that Asad’s perseverance and hard work gave him this power of achieving the Emmy award. She says that Asad is a ‘star’.

2019 has proved to be a good year for Pakistani film makers as they are being recognized on international forum more often. This year Saim Sadiq won the award at the Venice Film Festival for his film ‘Darling’.

‘Armed with Force’ is not the first Pakistani movie to have won an Emmy Award; in 2014 a movie named ‘Outlawed in Pakistan’ has grabbed this award for a film based on the gang rape of a girl named Kainat, when she was coming back from school. The film was set in the far flung village of Sindh.  Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s film ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ was nominated in three categories for Emmys 2017. Mohammad Ali Naqvi’s ‘Among the Believers’ was nominated for the Outstanding politics and government documentary category the same year. 



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