First Sight: Sonia & Anita Wins AIBs Short Doc Award

This week, our film First Sight: Sonia & Anita was awarded the AIBs Short Documentary Feature Award in London. 

"The judges felt that this was a clear winner," according to the award program. "They said the story is fresh and empowering and speaks as an example of countless other families globally facing similar barriers. The camera work is stunning and the trust that the family have placed in the team is obvious. Time and tenderness have clearly gone into this short film and the call to action is placed sensitively at the end."

Working with a top-tier creative team including photographer Brent Stirton, cinematographer Robert Wilson, editor Greg Snider, music composer Tyler Strickland and executive producer Rob Finch, Blue Chalk created this short-form video in several different formats to support a charitable organization called WonderWork.

The two sisters in the film, Sonia and Anita, are among 20 million children and adults that could have their eyesight restored through a 15-minute surgery that costs just $300, according to WonderWork. The video and stills documenting their story support 20/20/20, a WonderWork charity that aims to bring 20/20 vision to the 20 million in need.

Others highly commended in the category included BBC London/Inside Out London: Racism in Housing and Kansai Telecasting: The Angel's Music (Japan).

Congratulations to all of the winners and honorees on this exciting occasion.

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