As Far As They Can Run – Another Pakistani movie makes it to the Oscars

Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker, Tanaz Eshaghian, As Far As They Can Run, tells the story of three children with intellectual disabilities in rural Pakistan who, despite often inhumane treatment and exclusion by their communities, manage to find some acceptance and a place in society through sports.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday unveiled its shortlists for the 95th Oscars in 10 categories. As Far As They Can Run, a Pakistani short documentary film, has also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film, joining the Saim Sadiq-directed Joyland.

Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker, Tanaz Eshaghian, As Far As They Can Run, tells the story of three children with intellectual disabilities in rural Pakistan who, despite often inhumane treatment and exclusion by their communities, manage to find some acceptance and a place in society through sports.

Three young adults enroll in a jogging programme for youth with disabilities in an effort to change attitudes in their rural neighbourhood.

Sharing the news on his Twitter handle, the producer of the short film wrote, โ€œThrilled to make theย #Oscars2023ย non-fiction shortlist.โ€

At the 23rd annual Woodstock Film Festival, As Far as They Can Run also won top nonfiction prizes.
The American’s Largest Documentary Festival, DOC NYC, presented the renowned Short List: Shorts Directing Award to the documentary short film.

The screenwriter of the upcoming movieย Whatโ€™s Love Got To Do Withย also posted a tweet, showing support for the team of the short film.

She wrote, โ€œThis is so exciting !ย As Far As They Can Run has been shortlisted for the Oscars.โ€

With the most recent achievement at the biggest entertainment awards, there are now two Pakistani films that have received critical recognition abroad. Joyland had already been considered for Oscars and now there has been another addition. This is definitely a proud moment for film makers of Pakistan as they are getting international recognition now.

Written by Mahnoor Luqman

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