MTV Documentary Films to debut Too short a life, by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, double Oscar® winner, and winner of the Tribeca Film Festival My father the mover by director Julia Jansch on Friday, Jan.22 at 7 p.m. ET on Pluto TV.
An official selection from the DOC NYC Film Festival 2020 Shortlist and the SFFILM DocStories Festival, Too short a life, produced by two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, directed by Safyah Usmani, co-directed by Saad Zuberi and produced by Sheila Nevins and Guy Oseary, examines the startling tragedy behind the murder of Pakistani activist and social media star Qandeel Baloch. A virulent and provocative supporter of women’s rights and freedom of expression, Qandeel challenged conventional wisdom with his outspoken exclamations about equality and women’s sexuality. His bravery and outspokenness have resulted in frightening violence that reverberates around the world. Following Qandeel’s murder, a crucial amendment to Pakistani law was passed, eliminating the ability for families to forgive perpetrators of “honor” crimes.
The first of Too short a life will be followed by the award-winning short documentary My father the mover at 7:45 p.m. ET. The film features a South African teenager named Alatha whose father calls himself Mover. Using African dance movements – electronic Gqom rhythms – he helps the children of Khayelitsha township to overcome difficulties and “find their superpowers”. The Mover is also a single dad, and although he has helped many children, he still struggles to bring his own daughter to find her own powers. But in a moment of tenderness together, everything is about to change.
My father the mover won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, the Boston Globe Audience Award at the GlobeDocs and a Critics Choice Documentary Award nominee. Following its Tribeca debut, the film won Best Documentary Short at the Calgary Film Festival, Best Short at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Urbanworld Film Festival, among others. It has also screened in Palm Springs, Heartland, Montclair, Flickers’ Rhode Island, Amdocs, Florida Film Festivals, etc.
Alongside these short films, MTV Documentary Films, whose first film Saint Louis Superman was nominated for an Oscar, is set to continue its momentum with the 76 days located deep in the frontlines of the pandemic in Wuhan and testifying to the death and rebirth of a city in lockdown and the human resilience that persists in times of deep tragedy.
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