International actor and model Zoha Rahman has achieved a major milestone in her career with her short film ‘Eid Mubarak’ qualifying for the prestigious Academy Awards. The short won the Jury Award at The New York International Children’s Film Festival, which included high profile industry professionals such as Uma Thurman and Kyle Maclachlan as judges.
The live-action short film is based on the real childhood experience of writer and director Mahnoor Euceph. The team behind the film aims to spread awareness and build bridges of understanding across cultures by bringing the universal Muslim experience of sacrifice for Eid-al-Adha into mainstream media.
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Shot in Karachi, Pakistan over the course of five 12-hour days in May 2022, Eid Mubarak showcases the creativity and hard work of the entire team, including American and Pakistani artisans. Completed in the summer in Los Angeles, California, the film has won multiple awards across film festivals in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York.
Zoha Rahman, who stars in the short film, expressed her excitement, saying “We are thrilled that Eid Mubarak has qualified for the Oscars. Our goal was to create a film that would resonate with audiences around the world, and we are humbled by the recognition we have received. We hope that our film will help to promote greater understanding and empathy between cultures.
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