Al Jazeera English’s powerful documentary about Bahrain’s failed revolution continued sweeping up the awards season after picking up a prestigious Golden Nymph for the Best News Documentary at the 52nd Annual Monte Carlo TV Festival.
The much-coveted award for Shouting in the Dark follows hot on the heels of recent accolades from the Foreign Press Association, George Polk, Scripps Howard, Robert F Kennedy Center and Amnesty International.
The Monte Carlo Television Festival was established in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to “encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men”. Each year, the best of international television programming is awarded the Golden Nymphs statuettes.
“I am truly honoured and overwhelmed to receive yet another prestigious award,” said May Ying Welsh, who shot and filmed the multi-award winning documentary.
“The Bahraini authorities’ restrictions on the media made it very difficult to give the world a full picture of the uprising and its suppression. I am proud that I, and my Bahraini field producer Hassan Mahfood, were able to continue filming when other journalists had been forced to leave.”
Shouting in the Dark first aired on Al Jazeera English on August 4, 2011. The film follows the unraveling of the Bahraini uprising from the initial days at Pearl Roundabout to the chaotic scenes of injured protesters at Salmaniya Medical Complex.
The 50-minute documentary was executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Jon Blair. The film has also been popular with other channels around the world with it being bought for broadcast in France, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden, among others.
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