Glad tidings for Pakistan as a local documentary titled Armed with Faith has bagged a nomination for an Emmy Award. The documentary revolves around the lives of brave Pakistani men of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Squad, who face life-threatening circumstances armed with something more than courage.
Co-produced by the two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy alongside former journalist Haya Fatima Iqbal, Armed with Faith is nominated in Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary category. Filmmakers Asad Faruqi and Geeta Gandbhir have co-directed it. Haya was the first to make an announcement on Facebook.
“WE ARE GOING TO THE EMMYS YAY! Our documentary film Armed With Faith tells the story of the lives led by the brave Pakistani men of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Defusal Squad. Asad Faruqi and Geeta Gandbhir have co directed this film with a lot of love, and Asad has shot this film in a way that lends a lot of respect to the people in the film,” she posted.
“We are nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary category and I am truly honored to have been a Co Producer on this. This film made me fall in love once again with the kind people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the amazing grace they continue to possess in the face of adversity and injustice,” she added.
Geeta Gandhir also shared her excitement on Facebook as she wrote, “Three films I love so much were nominated for Emmys this year – Armed With Faith, I Am Evidence, and The Sentence. All featured some of the most inspiring, bravest human beings and I hope this platform only serves to elevate their voices and stories further. Thank you to them and the amazing teams – who I also love dearly. Together they shine a light in what feels like a dark time – thank you for allowing me to share in all your journeys!”
You can watch the documentary here to find out how these bomb disposal teams risk their lives on a daily basis to make their region safer: