‘Armed with faith’: Pakistani film on bomb disposal squad wins an Emmy award

Armed with Faith is co-produced by the two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

Co-directors and cinematographers, Asaf Faruqi and Geeta Gandbhir were on hand to accept the Emmy award for “Armed with Faith”, alongside other members of their team. (Photo Courtesy – World Channel Twitter)


On Tuesday, during the Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, a Pakistani documentary ‘Armed with Faith’ on bomb disposal squads won the award for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary.

This documentary shows the lives of Pakistani men, belonging from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Squad, who face risky situations and are armed with courage and bravery.
The film sheds light on the lives of two security personnel Abdur Rehman and Inayatullah and the hardships they face.

Armed with Faith is co-produced by the two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, along with ex-journalist Haya Fatima Iqbal. The documentary was nominated in Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary category.

Filmmakers Asad Faruqi and Geeta Gandbhir are also a member of the direction team. Iqbal, however, was the first person to have announced it on Facebook on 1st August.

During the acceptance speech, Faruqi said that most of the people know the story from Afghanistan’s perspective, not from Pakistan’s.

“It was always that I was on the other side of the lens and not represented, which is one of the reasons why we went out and ventured and wanted to tell the story of this incredible bomb disposal squad whose determination to save humanity was very inspiring and it was a story I felt had to be shared,” he said.

Chinoy also shared her views on Faruqi’s journey of becoming a director. He started it with a photographer for The Citizens Foundation and was working with Chinoy on some of her most recognized and known films including award-winners “Saving Face” and “Girl in the River.”

The film was screened at Vancouver International Film Festival in 2017, Atlanta film Festival and TRT’s Belgesel Günleri film festival.

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