"No Burqas Behind Bars" gets International Emmy
A Swedish documentary film about the plight of women in Afghanistan picked up an International Emmy Award Monday night in New York.
"No Burqas Behind Bars", by Maryam Ebrahimi and Nima Sarvestani, depicts the life of prisoners at a women's jail in Afghanistan. Many of the prisoners are there for what are considered to be "moral crimes", for example, some of them have fled from men who they were forced to marry.
The film's producer Maryam Ebrahimi told Swedish Radio P1 channel this morning, "It feels great, I'm really happy and proud. This was really unexpected, but it feels fantastic."
When asked why her film was selected, Ebrahimi says it was because the film might have a big impact on the situation in Afghanistan.