Springfield, VA — Alhurra Television’s Delusional Paradise won a bronze medal at the 2017 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards.
At the awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the ground-breaking documentary series Delusional Paradise won the Bronze Award in the category of Best Human Concerns Documentary. The winning episode, “Arraqah Screams…I Am Not Daesh,” documents ISIS’s coercive actions that killed the dreams and aspirations of people who asked for democracy and greater freedoms during the early days of the Syrian uprising in Arraqah city. “Arraqah Screams” exposes ISIS’s barbaric brutality and denounces its claims to represent Islam. The series portrays the ordeals of families and communities who lost loved ones to ISIS and were forced to leave their homes to seek refuge.
“We are honored to receive recognition from New York Festivals for Alhurra’s outstanding documentary program Delusional Paradise,” stated Brian Conniff, MBN President. MBN manages and oversees Alhurra. “Alhurra is committed to leveraging the documentary format to tell in-depth and impactful stories on the issues of highest importance in the lives of our viewers.”
New York Festivals also recognized Alhurra for a televised spot promoting Alhurra Files, the weekly hard-hitting documentary series airing on Alhurra TV. The promo received a 2017 Finalist Certificate in the category of Best Graphic Design: Promotion/Open & IDs. Alhurra Files is a weekly showcase of groundbreaking documentary reports on topics including war, terrorism, and political change around the globe.
Alhurra’s Delusional Paradise also won the Silver Award at the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in the category of Best Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issues documentary.
The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards honor the best programming in the world in the fields of news, sports, documentaries and more. With entries from more than 50 countries, it is considered one of the most prestigious media competitions. The ceremony took place on April 25, 2017, in Las Vegas.
The Middle East Broadcasting Networks is a non-profit corporation is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from USAGM. MBN operates Alhurra Television, an Arabic-language television network that broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa via satellite, as well as Alhurra-Iraq Television. MBN also operates Sawa, radio and its two dedicated streams, one to Iraq and the other to the Levant. It is available via FM throughout these two areas and provides more than 15 hours of news and information daily on each stream.
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