Indian documentary “SILENT SCREAMS – India’s fight Against Rape” bags 3 Awards at 2014 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards

Indian documentary “SILENT SCREAMS – India’s fight Against Rape” bags 3 Awards at 2014   New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards


9th May 2014, New Delhi: Silent Screams – India’s fight against Rape directed by Pria Somiah, written by Manira A Pinto and produced by Miditech for Channel NewsAsia, Singapore, has won 3 Awards at the 2014 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards- Gold World Medal for Best Investigative Report, Bronze World Medal for Current Affairs and Bronze World Medal forHuman Concerns.


2014 New York Festival’s World’s Best Television & Films competition now in its 57th year, honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Dedicated to both the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today’s global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers and talent: Animation, Comedy, Corporate, Drama, Documentary, Feature Films, Music Videos, News, Promos, Reality Shows, Sports, Telenovelas, Webisodes, Best Performance by an Actor/Actress, Special Event, Innovation, Technical Production Team, CSR, Best Screenplay, and Best Host.

The NYF® Television & Film Competition is judged by award winning Directors, Producers, Writers, Actors and various other creative media professionals from across the globe. The Jury chose winners amidst competition from 700 entries.

About Silent Screams: The brutal gang rape of a 23-year old student in the heart of India’s capital city New Delhi shook the conscience of the country. The incident catalyzed a national movement against rape and the demand for stronger laws and speedier enforcement, starting with Police sensitization. The film follows journalist Namita Bhandare, as she meets rape survivors, law-makers & enforcers, activists & lawyers to understand the politics of rape and the plight of victims in their fight for justice.

Reliving the experience, Director of Silent Screams, Pria Somiah, said, “The survivors we met in the making of the film were not weak or frightened women. They were brave, strong-willed and determined women and girls who wanted justice. They wanted their families & the community to shift the shame to the perpetrator. They wanted the conversation to change over who is to blame for rape. We wanted the film to document what has come to become an important milestone in the women’s movement not just in India but the world over.” 

Scriptwriter Manira A Pinto maintained that it was an honour to script Silent Screams. “Nirbhaya’s story is a universal story, just as rape is, which is why it sparked a nation’s conscience and made the world sit up and take note of it. I would only like to quote the last line of the film…Rest in Peace Nirbhaya. May your death not be in vain.”

The film has already won the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union – Perspective Award 2013, in Hanoi. Screened at the Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival 2013, Mountain Echo’s Festival in Bhutan and distributed across colleges, NGO’s and Legal Aid Organisations, both nationally and internationally.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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