The School Bag Wins SAFFM Best Short Film

Pakistan based Indian short film, The School Bag has won The Best Short Film Award at The South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM).  The director of the film, Dheeraj Jindal said,

“While making the film each member of the team literary put their heart and soul and we didn’t know what will happen with the film. For many people, including myself, it was the first experience working with short film. So it’s a great feeling when your debut work gets international recognition.”

SAFFM concluded on Sunday. The movie tells story of the relationship between a mother and her seven year old son who wants a new school bag but fate has something else planned for them. The story is set in Peshawar.

The movie recreates the events of 16th December, 2014 when terrorists attacked a school and killed hundreds of school children. Rasika Dugal plays the mother in the short film.

On the short films getting more and more recognition in India, Jindal said,

“India there are now platforms that are supporting and funding short films and because of that quality of the films have drastically improved. The acclaimed actors have also started working in them and there are many good stories which don’t need to be long but can be as impacting as a feature film. Therefore, Short films are becoming a serious business, which is going to grow further. ”

The School Bag was released last year.

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