Onir wins prestigious award for his documentary on Down’s Syndrome


Director Onir (left in the back row) with actress Vidya Balan (fourth from left in the front row) and his team

There’s no stopping filmmaker Onir. The director has won the prestigious Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, November 2016 Edition for his Indo- Australian Documentary Raising The Bar. The documentary was premiered at this year’s Indian Film Festival Melbourne in August.

“The documentary is a beautiful and authentic insight into human potential, and society’s influence on all of us”, said Cate Sayers, Founder and Director of e.motion21 which has produced the project along with Mitu Bhowmik, Mindblowing films, Australia and Anticlock Films.

For Onir, directing a docu after 25 years was an experience of a sort. “It was a precious journey… the love & affection I felt from all the people I met is something I will cherish forever! The film celebrates acceptance, diversity and its beauty and I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with such a project.”

With an overwhelming support from the local community in Australia, e.motion21 brought a group of 60 youths with Down’s Syndrome and their care givers to India. The documentary captures the lives of six of these Indian and Australian children/youths with Down’s Syndrome who participated at the World Down Syndrome Congress, in Chennai. The documentary was shot in Melbourne, Kolhapur, Delhi, Agra and Chennai.

On the film front, Onir has Shab set to release in the first quarter of 2017. The film stars Raveena Tandon, Ashish Bisht, Arpita Chatterjee and French actor Simon Frenay.


About digantaguha

To introduce myself, I am a journalist, blogger and have also taught Political and Sports Journalism in the Future Media School in Kolkata. I am currently working with Sports News Crunch as a Consulting Editor and as a Guest Faculty at the Techno India University. Over all, I have around 15 years of experience as a journalist having worked with esteemed publications like Hindustan Times, Business Standard, The Pioneer and others. You can contact me at diganta2211@gmail.com. Diganta Guha
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