Mumbai, March 13: Oscar-nominated Indian-American filmmaker Smriti Mundhra took home the first award -- for the best children's programme -- at the 74th DGA Awards on Saturday night (U.S. Pacific Time). It was presented by Pamela Adlon, creator and star of the comedy drama series Better Things to Mundhra for the Shelter episode of HBO Max's series, Through Our Eyes, reports Deadline. Oscars 2022: COVID-19 Vaccination Required for the Nominees and Guests but Not for Performers, Presenters at 94th Academy Awards.
Through Our Eyes is an inspiring journey into the lives of American families, from the perspective of children as they navigate formidable yet all-too-common challenges along with parents and siblings.
The four-part gritty docu-series captures the innocence of childhood and the strength of perseverance in the face of parental incarceration, climate displacement, the wounds of war, and homelessness (the last being the subject of Mundhra's award-winning episode).
To Indian viewers, Mundhra is better-known as the maker of the Netflix series Indian Matchmaking presented by Sima Taparia.
Mundhra shared the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival for her first feature documentary film, A Suitable Girl, with her co-director Sarita Khurana.
She and co-director Sami Khan got an Oscar nomination in 2020 for her documentary, 'St Louis Superman', on the activist, battle rapper and former politician Bruce Franks, Jr.
Mundhra, incidentally, is the daughter of the late Indian American filmmaker Jag Mundhra, who is still remembered for Kamla (1984), starring Deepti Naval, Shabana Azmi and Marc Zuber, which centred around a celebrated journalistic expose, and the 'Kama Sutra' movies -- The Perfumed Garden and Monsoon.
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