On December 1, 2020 the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal concluded its 2020 Festival (Virtual). HDI is proud to announce that The Accused: Damned or Devoted? co-produced by HDI trained Pakistani filmmaker Musharaf Shah was named runner up in the Feature Documentary category. Mr. Musharaf Shah was a participant in HDI’s 2016-2017 Film Training Program for Emerging Pakistani Filmmakers. Cultural diplomacy, including film, is a signature program of HDI.
HDI works In partnership with the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television (TFT) and arranges for international filmmakers to travel to the United States, learn about filmmaking from top American artists and receive hands on mentoring and support. We bring young filmmakers from around the world to Hollywood and assist them in developing the technical and creative tools needed to document important social issues in their countries of origin.
Musharaf Shah remains a consultant on this program as HDI trains other young filmmakers.