This year Jordan has been sharing Jordanian produced screen stories with the world. The result? A long list of awards are being reaped by first time filmmakers and veteran producers and many in between :)
The latest win gives Jordan a place in history with a first ever International Emmy® Award!
At last night's New York Gala, the TV series Al Igtiyah was honored the International Emmy® Award in the Telenovela category. Produced by Talal Awamleh, Arab Telemedia Productions, the story is set in the West Bank against the back drop of the atrocious invasion of the Jenin Camp by the Israeli Army's 'Operation Defensive Shield'. Al Igtiyah is a story of life, love and struggle of everyday Palestine far beyond the stereotype of news reports. Mustafa, a Palestinian fugitive and the Israeli Jew Yael fall in love against all odds, sharing a story of humanity despite occupation, violence, prejudices and the struggle for survival. Written by Riyad Saif. Directed by Shawqi Al Majeri. Starring Abbas Al Nouri, Saba Mubarak, Iyad Nassar, Nadera Emran.
Some of you may be asking how come you've never heard of Al Igtiyah and that you haven't seen it across your satellite screens. Well, that's because broadcasters refused it! When Talal Awamleh produced it independently and offered it to stations in the region, they all said no, except for LBC who screened it twice. Last night's win is an incredible endorsement. 2008 is ATP's 25th year of business producing out of Jordan. This Emmy® win is a fantastic way to celebrate a silver jubilee!
The rewards of creating and producing our own screen stories and sharing them with the world are huge. The impact of the screen production industry is big on our local economy, and provides one of our most important export products to markets everywhere.
Screen stories have no boundaries. And as this year has proven, they do in fact change everything!