(February 2017) – WEORITU has won a prestigious Award of Recognition from The Impact DOCS Awards Competition. The award was given for Taibah AlQatami and Mohammad AlSaeed’s exciting Documentary Short, #WeCanDoIt, which aims to raise awareness on accomplished women in the Middle East (GCC) to inspire future generations. #WeCanDoIt features advice from exceptional women from six countries in the Middle East namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates!
“Thank you Impact DOCS Awards for the Award of Recognition for our #WeCanDoIt Short film. We are very grateful for recognizing our work and message. This would not have happened without the efforts of the team. Thank you to our amazing team for volunteering their time and efforts because they believe in the cause! Thank you Mohammad AlSaeed, Dana Aljouder, Shaikha AlQatami, Farah Behbehani, Lina Al Qaddoumi, Sheikha Al-Jubair, Rozana AlBanawi, Omar Afuni, Lamia Al-Ansi, Saba Al Busaidi, Abdullah Al-Mulla, Nasser AlQatami, Abdalla Abdulrahman, Nasser Al-Naama, Fatema Alhasan, Fatma Hayat, Haif AlHammadi, Shayma Fawwaz, Haya Alissa, Lulu Al-Awadhi, Meshari Abukhudair, Nicola Toomey and everyone who crossed our path and helped us be able to accomplish our project including all the women who took part in the #WeCanDoIt #نحن_قادرات project and all our Indiegogo crowdfunding supporters and Twofour54 Abu Dhabi for supporting us in post-producing each individual journey.” - Taibah AlQatami, Founder of WEORITU.
Impact DOCS recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award winning filmmakers and fresh new talent. Entries were judged by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the film and television industry.
In winning an Impact DOCS award, WEORITU joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning director Louie Psihoyos for his 2016 Best of Show – Racing Extinction, Oscar winner Yael Melamede for (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, and Emmy Award winner Gerald Rafshoon for Endless Corridors narrated by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, and many more.
Rick Prickett, who chairs Impact DOCS, had this to say about the latest winners, “The judges and I were simply blown away by the variety and immensely important documentaries we screened. Impact DOCS is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. Impact DOCS helps set the standard for craft and creativity as well as power catalysts for global change. The goal of Impact DOCS is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve for their dedication and work.”
For more information about the project visit WEORITU’s website at www.WEORITU.org
Impact DOCS Awards is in its second year and is the newest member of the Global Film Awards (GFA) family of competitions who have been hosting competitions for 14 years. As one of the original trend-setting digital online competitions, GFA set the standard for this exciting new breed of film competitions.. GFA’s Accolade Competition was named by MovieMagazine “…as one of the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee”. It is truly international in scope offering filmmakers from large powerhouses like Disney, The Weinstein Company, Discovery and Ridley Scott all the way to first time filmmakers and students, the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from an impartial judging panel comprised by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the industry. Often the first stop on the festival circuit, GFA award winners have gone on to win Oscars like the short doc “The Lady in Number Six” and “Mr Hublot” as well as countless Emmys, Tellys and more. Information about the Impact DOCS Awards and a list of past and recent winners can be found at www.ImpactDocsAwards.com