[WATCH] Documentary inspired by Qandeel Baloch’s life makes its debut at America’s largest documentary festival

The short film tackles the social, political, and cultural topics affecting the immediate lives and future outlooks of young people today.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy produced a documentary on Qandeel Baloch’s life titled ‘A Life Too Short’.

A documentary titled ‘A Life Too Short’ created by Pakistan’s leading and multi-award-winning production house ‘SOC (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy) Films, made its debut at the 11th edition of DOC NYC. DOC NYC is America’s largest documentary festival.

‘A Life Too Short’ in DOC NYC’s prestigious section — Short List: Shorts. This section showcases a selection of shorts that the festival’s programming team considers to be among the year’s strongest contenders for Oscars and other awards.

Qandeel Baloch’s life inspired documentary debuted at DOC NYC – America’s largest documentary festival.

The Pakistani documentary that qualified for this section is a story of honor killing. The short film chronicles social media superstar (late) Qandeel Baloch’s life, who pushed boundaries in conservative Pakistan. It tells the story of a woman who died at the age of 26. Her brother smothered her to death for her open exclamations of women’s equality and sexuality through her sensational social media presence.

The short film tackles the social, political, and cultural topics affecting the immediate lives and future outlooks of young people today.

The documentary is directed by Safyah Zafar Usmani, co-directed by Saad Zuberi, and produced by SOC Films. ‘A Life Too Short’ team also features Executive Producers Sheila Nevins and Guy Oseary, Cinematographer Nadir Siddiqui, and Editor Mishaal Adhaami with Post-Production by Sourath Behan, Sound by Sameer Khan, and Music by Ahsan Bari.

SOC FILMS’ latest production tells the story of Qandeel Baloch.

Director Safyah Zafar Usmani commented on working on ‘A Life Too Short’ and said:

Making A Life Too Short has been a labor of love for more than three years, and now that it’s ready to go out into the world, I am both nervous and excited. Undoubtedly, Qandeel had big dreams and the courage to create her own identity. Still, I am left terrified every time I realize that not all women are afforded their fundamental right to choose to live however they want. Yet I live for the day when there won’t be a price to pay should a woman decide to follow her heart.

Expressing the purpose behind the short film, co-director Saad Zuberi stated:

Making biographical films is always tricky, but it’s harder when your subject is as complex and widely misunderstood as Qandeel Baloch. There’s so much more to her story than how it came to an end, but the world needs to remember the price Qandeel had to pay just because she chose to dream big and remain true to herself, and hopefully, this film will help do that.

It should be noted that ‘A Life Too Short’ is one of the 12 titles showcased this year at DOC NYC The Short List: Shorts. Last year, seven of the ten films of the section went on to be named to the Oscars Shortlist for Documentary Shorts, and three of DOC NYC’s picks went on to be Oscar nominees.

Similarly, this year’s DOC NYC’s winning short will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® in 2021, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

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