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Oscar 2024 Nominations: ‘To Kill a Tiger’ Documentary Set in India Nominated For 96th Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature Category

Oscars 2024 nominations: India’s official entry to the upcoming Oscars ‘To Kill A Tiger’ has made it to the 96th Academy Awards shortlist.

Delhi-born Nisha Pahuja‘s film ‘To Kill a Tiger’ has been nominated in the perfect function documentary class for the Oscars 2024. She stated that she realized concerning the honour together with the remainder of the world whereas watching the dwell announcement, reported The Hollywood Reporter. “I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I was over the moon. Yeah, I just couldn’t believe it,” Pahuja instructed The Hollywood Reporter about her emotional response.

“This film has work to do in the world,” stated Nisha about her documentary about an Indian farmer’s authorized battle for his daughter after a brutal sexual assault.

Indian-born Canadian filmmaker Pahuja’s earlier movies embody the Emmy nominated ‘The World Before Her’, the function documentary ‘Bollywood Bound’ and the three-part collection ‘Diamond Road’.
‘To Kill a Tiger’ is all about Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, India, who takes on the struggle of his life when he calls for justice for his 13-year-old daughter, Kiran, after she survived a sexual assault by three males in 2017.

In line with The Hollywood Reporter, out of a father’s love for his daughter and his uphill battle for justice for her has come the Oscar nomination for Pahuja, who was born in New Delhi and raised in Toronto.

However apart from her profession milestone, the ‘To Kill a Tiger’ director is extra centered on the worldwide platform her movie has secured to drive impression for larger gender justice for survivors of rape and different sexual violence in India and the remainder of the world.

“This whole journey and the determination to do this has been because this film needs a big platform because it’s important. And it’s a tough subject, and I know this film has work to do in the world,” Pahuja insisted.

The director added, “Their story, their struggle, their commitment to justice, the fact that as a man, he (Ranjit) stood by his daughter, which is so rare. The film is about the underdog, a David vs. Goliath story, and it’s a film about love.”

She additionally hopes to alter attitudes to authorized justice for survivors of rape and different sexual violence around the globe, particularly within the U.S. and the UK the place the conviction charges for these accused of rape stay stubbornly low and under these of the courts in India.

“The things she (Kiran) faced and her family faced in terms of the justice system, the kind of prejudice and victim shaming that happens, those are felt by sexual violence survivors around the world,” Pahuja instructed THR. She hopes the Oscar nomination for To Kill a Tiger will assist finish poisonous masculinity by tackling patriarchal practices and attitudes.

“We’re not looking at the importance of men standing up for women. And that, to me, is the power of the film,” Pahuja stated. Her earlier work consists of the doc The World Earlier than Her. To Kill a Tiger is a Discover Photos manufacturing and a co-production with the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada.

Aside from getting an Oscar nomination, ‘To Kill a Tiger’ additionally received the prize for Finest Canadian Movie on the 2022 Toronto Movie Competition and the perfect doc award on the Palm Springs Movie Competition. As for who Pahuja will take to the Academy Awards, there’s no uncertainty about that.

“I’ll take Ranjit and his daughter. That’s the reason we are where we are. It’s because of them,” the filmmaker declared. Pahuja hadn’t but spoken to the principle topics of her movie on Tuesday morning as the daddy and his daughter had but to wake in India.

Within the documentary, Kiran was nonetheless a baby and a survivor of a gang rape. At this time, she’s practically 20 years of age. “And she’s in a much better place. And she’s excited, really, really thrilled,” Pahuja stated of Kiran, who attended earlier screenings of the doc within the UK.

‘To Kill a Tiger’ acquired its theatrical launch in October 2023 on the Movie Discussion board in New York earlier than increasing to main cities. On the highway to attainable Oscar glory, To Kill a Tiger has had some heavyweight promoters, together with government producers Dev Patel, Mindy Kaling, Rupi Kaur and Atul Gawande.


Different government producers embody Andy Cohen, Anita Lee, Andrew Dragoumis, Shivani Rawat, Anita Bhatia, Niraj Bhatia, Deepa Mehta, Samarth Sahni, S. Mona Sinha of Equality Now, Mala Gaonkar of the Surgo Basis, Priya Doraswamy, Jason Loftus, Geeta Sondhi and Cornelia Principe, reported The Hollywood Reporter.



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