Filipino filmmaker's short film wins at 2019 International Emmys

Heidi Hsia

27 Nov – 28-year-old Filipino filmmaker, Breech Asher Harani recently named one of the winners of the JCS International Young Creatives Award at the 2019 International Emmys.

As reported on ABS-CBN News, the young director won for his short film, "Next To Me", which tells the story about a displaced Muslim student and survivor of the Marawi siege who tries to fit in in a new non-Muslim school after evacuating the city.

"I can't believe it. The Emmys is for television right? But they opened their doors for a short film like this, for that I am thankful," he expressed.

Harani said that he hopes his movie will help educate young children to be tolerant with other students with different traditions and religions.

"It's very important especially in the age of social media, where children will be watching 1-minute videos in their phones. I think it's important that they see content like this so that their minds would be moulded into doing good," he said.

The filmmaker also shared a photo of his plaque on Instagram, writing, "Still can't get over how amazing this experience is."

The other two winning short films are "It Starts Within" (Albania) and "P.E.A.C.E. - A Spoken Word" (United Kingdom).

(Photo Source: Breech Asher Harani Instagram)