AFREEN, a film by Director Aashish Chanana, has been nominated across film festivals all over the world, and has won quite a number of Awards, that include ‘Best Film’ at the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes, ‘Best Actress’ at the Madrid International Film Festival in Spain and again, ‘Best Film’ at the Independent Talents International Film Festival to name a few.
AFREEN is a gripping, suspenseful drama that addresses the rising global threat of Islamic extremism through the eyes of a traumatized Iraq War refugee who swears revenge upon the West, but eventually finds herself torn about her ultimate deadly decision.
Recently, the film’s Bollywood screening earned accolades from movie critics for Director and Producer Aashish Chanana and has been praised for his take on a sensitive and controversial yet important subject that many have not dared to talk about as yet.
In an interview, Director Aashish talks about the movie, “AFREEN is a true story, dealing with the Muslim mindset and the ‘so-called’ American mindset”, “The character Afreen represents the audience – you, me, us, people who don’t know who’s right”. Speaking on the Awards AFREEN has garnered from all over the world, he had this to say, “It’s encouraging and though I have never really won awards of such importance before, this surely encourages me to do a lot more”.
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Some of AFREEN’s other awards and nominations include:
Winner for Best Feature Film at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival
Winner for Best Director at the Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival in Moscow
Winner at Aphrodite Film Awards in New York for Best Film
Nomination at Starsburg International Film Festival for Best Film
Nomination for Best Narrative Feature Film at London International Motion Pictures
Nomination for Best Actress at the Madrid International Film Festival among others.
Nomination for Best Film from Chandler International Film Festival with screening billed for January 2019
AFREEN was recently selected as the Finalist for Best Film at the Antakya International Film Festival in Turkey and will be screened between the 21st and the 27th of December.
Despite all the awards and nominations, Director, Chananahas been more concerned about the urgent, timely and topical subject matter of his film, AFREEN. He says. “Our aim is not just for winning awards but to expose issues to as widespread an audience as possible and to bring about awareness… to initiate a dialogue that helps resolve some”. However, the festival nominations that the movie has accrued are a testament to AFREEN’S potency as a vehicle of entertainment, art and unbiased geopolitical commentary.
Director Aashish Chanana will not be taking a break as he returns to directorial work on his next film ‘NAFISA’ to be shot in early 2019.
Link to the New AFREEN Trailer:
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/K-_5QHQ7I2w