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Charity Appeal Inspired by ‘Escape from ISIS’ Announces Huge Expansion

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Delighted to announce that “Escaping Darkness” the mental health treatment campaign run by the AMAR Foundation – which was inspired in part by Escape from ISIS and which I was honoured to help launch – is hugely expanding.

Thanks to generous funding by a US donor, the programme will increase its number of treatment centres in the Kurdish region, as well as opening new centres across Iraq, including in Baghdad and Najaf.

It will now be one of the main providers of mental health support for all of Iraq’s people, no matter their ethnicity or religion, something that is desperately needed in a country that has suffered such horrific violence in years of war.

Well done AMAR! And thanks to all those who have supported the Escaping Darkness appeal. Together, we can all help to reverse our world’s slide into savagery.

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

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

 

Escape from ISIS Fixer Wins Martin Adler Prize 2015

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I’ve already mentioned the fantastic news that our Iraqi fixer on Escape from ISIS, Hassan Ashwor has been awarded the Martin Adler prize for 2015. Above, you can see his acceptance speech.

Hassan was not only a wonderful colleague to work with, whose contribution made the film what it is, he was also a hilarious joker, a Zen master who took everything in his stride. It gives me great pleasure to see him honoured in this way, by a prestigious organisation like the Rory Peck Trust.

Ed

“Escape from ISIS” Donations – Help the Women and Girls

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I am excited to announce the launch of a special charitable appeal inspired by “Escape from ISIS”, which aims to raise vital funds to provide expert psychological treatment to women and girls traumatised by ISIS.

The appeal is being launched by the Amar International Charitable Foundation. We have been working closely together to build the campaign – you can read more about it and donate here: www.amarfoundation.org/appeal

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Escape From ISIS: The Reaction

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Escape From ISIS has had an incredible reaction from policy-makers, press and public alike.

I’m so grateful to the hundreds of people who have got in touch to express their appreciation of the film and ask what they can do to help the women and girls who suffer so much at the Islamic State’s hands.

This post will record some other highlights of the film’s impact.

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US trailer released – Escaping ISIS (US title)

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The US trailer for my latest documentary has been released. You can view it here: PBS trailer.

It will be shown on PBS in America on Tuesday, July 14th and on Channel 4 in the UK the following day, July 15th.

The film exposes what life is like for women living inside the Islamic State – and follows the work of a secret underground network trying to help them escape.

Please tune in if you can.