Escape from ISIS wins duPont-Columbia Award 2017

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I am delighted to announce that Escape from ISIS has been awarded a 2017 duPont-Colombia award for excellence in broadcast journalism in the public service – the TV equivalent of the Pulitzer prize.

It is an incredible honour, for which I am grateful to the judges and especially all the team on PBS Frontline who worked on and supported the US version of the film.

As ever, we remember that it has now been over a year and a half since the film was first shown – and hope that all the women and girls may be free from ISIS captivity soon.

Ed

 

International Emmy Win for Escape From ISIS

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I am delighted to announce that Escape From ISIS was awarded an International Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York.

Sadly I couldn’t be there myself, so the honour of collecting the award went to our unflappable Executive Producer Sam Collyns.

You can watch Sam’s acceptance speech by clicking the picture above.

It’s the climax of a fantastic run of awards for the film, for which I could not be more grateful.

But it’s important never to forget that thousands of young women still remain in the hands of ISIS, even today almost a year and a half after the film was made.

This award is for them – in the hope that they’ll be free before long.

Ed

We’ve Got #Refugenes – Have you?

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I’m proud to have made a small contribution to this important campaign by the fantastic charity Help Refugees.

They gathered a number of Britain’s leading lights including Rita Ora, Jamie Callum, the Freud sisters and Richard Rogers to step forward and talk about their origins as refugees who fled to this country.

When you consider all they have achieved and contributed, just think what today’s refugees might do if we only gave them a chance.

They’ve got #refugenes – have you?

You can find out more about the campaign at www.helprefugees.org.uk/refugenes

And please continue to help the millions of refugees still in need today

UK – text REFU to 70700 to donate £5

US – text REFU to 41444 to donate

I helped direct the edit, alongside the project’s mastermind, the wonderful Lliana Bird and BAFTA-nominated editor Matt Gray.

Huge thanks must also go to my steadfast consigliere Enge Gray and Jez Spencer who both generously donated their time and resources to grade and mix the film.

They did their bit for humanity! Please do yours.

How to Help Syria

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Several people have asked for my opinion on how to actually DO something to help the situation in Syria, which seems to set new benchmarks for horror, cruelty and heartbreak every day.

These are my ideas – I’d be glad if others wanted to add their own in the comments.

Please choose one. Do something. Every one of us who takes action to help, no matter how small, also strikes a blow against the monsters inflicting this violence against innocent people – and gives hope to us all.

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Yazidi Survivor Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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I wanted to share an incredible story of hope that has come out of the Islamic State atrocities committed against women in Iraq – the horror of which I covered in Escape from ISIS.

One 21-year old woman, Nadia Murad, who had endured the worst sexual violence of anyone I met, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by her home country, Iraq.

Despite everything she suffered, Nadia has been tireless in her efforts to raise awareness of the plight of young women held in sexual slavery by ISIS, thousands of whom still remain in captivity – in the video above, you can see her testify before the UN Security Council, and she has met Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world. The impact of her story is overwhelming. She has been accompanied and supported by Khaleel’s wife, Amena.

I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the prize.

Ed

BAFTA nomination for Escape from ISIS

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This is not exactly breaking news – as the announcement was made weeks ago – but now that I’m back in the UK, I wanted to shout about it anyway… Escape from ISIS has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Current Affairs category!

It is a huge honour but we’re up against some exceptional films, two of them made by great friends of mine: James Jones’ Children of the Gaza War, Dan Edge’s Outbreak: Story of Ebola and Jihad: a British Story.

The ceremony is this Sunday 8th May.

Good luck to everyone,

Ed

Awards for Escape from ISIS

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I have been travelling for the past few months, exploring new frontiers in Asia and the Pacific. While I’ve been gone, Escape from ISIS has won a number of prestigious awards.

In November, we were honoured to win Amnesty International’s award for Best Human Rights Documentary 2015. There’s a pic of the team up on stage.

The same month we won the Foreign Press Association of London’s award for Best TV Feature 2015.

In February, the film was recognised by the television industry with the 2016 Broadcast award for Best News & Current Affairs programme.

The same month, I was delighted to hear that we had won a prestigious Royal Television Society award for Best International Current Affairs film.

Finally, the Overseas Press Club of America also honoured the US version of the film with its award for Best International Reporting (broadcast) late in April.

It is a great honour to receive such accolades. Thanks to all the institutions involved – and thanks once again to the team who made the film what it is.

Ed