November 4, 2016

Screenplay by Princeton Arts Fellow Afia Nathaniel Added to Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Photo courtesy Afia Nathaniel

The Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited filmmaker and Princeton Arts Fellow Afia Nathaniel’s debut feature length screenplay Dukhtar (Daughter) to become a part of its permanent Core Collection.

After its rousing reception at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, Dukhtar went on to become Pakistan’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards®. The film has played to critical acclaim in over twenty countries and became a Critics’ Pick by Village Voice in 2015 and the People Magazine’s Pick of the Week, winning several awards along the way. The film is now available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon.

…never changes from dream to nightmare. Instead, it inhabits a heightened, brilliantly colorful version of what lies between; call it reality.
— review of DUKHTAR in Village Voice (Critics’ Pick)

The 2016-18 Peter B. Lewis Princeton Arts Fellow at Princeton University, Afia Nathaniel is a computer-scientist-turned-filmmaker who pushes the boundaries of narrative cinema. She is currently teaching the fall creative writing and visual arts course, “From Script to Screen,” which focuses on the three major phases of cinematic storytelling: story development, principal photography, and post-production.

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