Washington, D.C. — The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) video story “Power of Forgiveness,” was shortlisted in the category of Best Web Documentary at the annual Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards. The official ceremony will be held in Cannes, France on Sept. 26th.
The online report, produced by ElSaha.com, which is a part of the MBN’s Alhurra digital platforms, chronicles the story of Rukiye Abdul-Mutakallim, an American Muslim mother whose son was gunned down on the streets of Cincinnati. Her son, who had served in the Navy, was killed and left on the streets so that the perpetrators could steal his $40. She talks about the pain of losing her child and the strength her faith gave her to forgive the men who murdered her son.
“This past year, MBN has focused on the importance of storytelling and how it can elevate quality journalism. The result can be seen in the outstanding videos the digital team produces, such as the one recognized by this award,” stated MBN President Amb. Alberto Fernandez. “They have done an excellent job of taking these powerful short videos and turning them into mini-documentaries.”
In late 2018, MBN completed the largest transformation in its 14-year history, substantially increased the amount of news produced by all of its networks and is focusing broadening the content with more diverse and hard-hitting topics. ElSaha.com was launched as part of the transformation of MBN and highlights Egyptian stories through compelling videos.
Earlier this year, “The Power of Forgiveness” won the People’s Voice Award in the category of Best Documentary: Shortform at the 2019 Webby Awards. It was selected by online voting as best report in its category.
The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards honor the world’s finest corporate films, online media productions, and documentaries. The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards were founded in 2010 by Filmservice International. Since then the festival has constantly grown, becoming one of the top festivals for corporate films worldwide. The success of the festival is due to the increased number of entries, prestigious participants, innovative and qualitative works, prominent jury members (e.g. Oscar and Emmy winners) and participating countries from all continents.
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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Contact Deirdre Kline
Director of Communications, Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa