Small film, big award– teens nab a Peabody

A few years ago, Sahar Adish was a young Afghani teenager living with her family in a refugee camp in Pakistan following a daring nighttime escape from the Taliban. Last week, Adish's film about that experience and her family's subsequent emigration to Charlottesville was one of only 35 film and television projects to receive a Peabody Award, a prestigious annual honor some consider the equivalent of Oscars for electronic media.

Adish– now in her second year at UVA– made the film Sahar: Before the Sun with three other local teens through the nonprofit Light House. Last year, the short documentary was shown on the Independent Film Channel along with other film shorts by young people around the country in a program titled "Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet."

"These films demonstrate that young people around the world had stories to tell," says a statement on the Peabody Awards website, "and that, given equipment and a little training, could tell them powerfully."

Other 2006 Peabody winners include HBO for Spike Lee's documentary When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and ABC News for its one-hour documentary Out of Control: AIDS in Black America.

Adish and friends are not the only Charlottesville filmmakers celebrating success this week. Johnny St. Ours, whose stylized work can be seen on local television commercials for businesses including lingerie shop Derriere de Soie, says he's celebrating winning two Telly Awards– a bronze and a silver, the highest honor, for his pilot episode of Quest: le mans, a documentary that will follow local developer and race car aficionado Oliver Kuttner as he attempts to reengineer a Ford GT and win the famed French race, Le Mans. The episode premiered at Live Arts two months ago, and St. Ours says he hopes to find a television outlet interested in airing the program in its entirety.

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9 comments

NOW I know why UVA wouldn't take me. They were to busy ensuring they met their quota for foreignors. I wish there was a country I could go to that had a quota I could help fulfill while receiving plenty of financial aid their citizen's dime.

Hey, laughingstock (good name, incidentally), maybe UVA didn't let you in because you can neither spell nor construct a sentence properly. And maybe UVA admitted Adish because she's brilliant enough to have created a Peabody award-winning film while still in high school.

Stop making fun of me your retarded, self-righteous, imbecil. Is that sentence structure good enough for you?

I bet nobody would ever purposefully choose the name laughingstock and and post a bogus message stating they were to stupid to get into college. If somebody believed a bogus message like that was real then I must believe they are intellectually defunct :)

Oh, I get it! You're only pretending to be a racist ignoramus-- why that's just hilarious. What a great sense of humor you have. Wowee.

It's funny what people do when they are publically embarrased. You take my comments as being racist because you feel embarrased. NOW that is funny! Dont worry, nobody knows who you really are.

Did it ever occur to you that there is a political statement behind the message? I am a tired of sending my tax dollars to foreign nations and subsidizing foreigners education. We should ensure citizens of this country are educated and take care of problems at home spending money abroad. I do NOT find it funny when we finance citizens of other countries.

It's funny what people do when they are publically embarrased. You take my comments as being racist because you feel embarrased. NOW that is funny! Dont worry, nobody knows who you really are.

Did it ever occur to you that there is a political statement behind the message? I am a tired of sending my tax dollars to foreign nations and subsidizing foreigners education. We should ensure citizens of this country are educated and take care of problems at home before spending money abroad. I do NOT find it funny when we finance citizens of other countries.

Dude-- it's embarrasSed (double s), and the way you make a possessive from a plural is to add an apostrophe after the final s. Example: foreigners' education. You sure are smart. Keep talking. (Oh, and, gosh golly, I sure am embarrassed.)

Laughing and lp . . . You're both idiots. Laughing, you have no sense of humor. And lp, I'm sure all the bloggers appreciate your third grade spelling and grammer lesson when they miss a keystroke or two. You really do us all a favor by proofreading the blogs. Both of you are losers.