Aamir Khan, Kathryn Bigelow Honored in D.C.

Peter Ackerman, Khan, Bigelow and Steve York receive America Abroad Media Awards

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America Abroad Media bestowed Bollywood multihyphenate Aamir Khan, helmer Kathryn Bigelow and the Intl. Center for Nonviolent Conflict with its inaugural awards Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C.

“America Abroad,” a radio program distributed by Public Radio Intl., honored the two filmmakers and the Intl. Center for Nonviolent Conflict for work that “exemplifies the power of media to inform, educate and empower citizens about the critical social and public policy issues of our time,” according to a statement on its website.

Khan, who accepted the award in person, told the New York Daily News, “My main aim is to really work in India and to sensitize people about issues and see that we can find solutions to our own issues back home. I am looking to talking to Indians.” Besides directing, writing and starring in Bollywood films, Khan has fronted TV show “Satyameva jayeta,” which discusses topics that often go unspoken in Indian culture, from fetal infanticide to sexual abuse of children and domestic violence.

Bigelow, honored for “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” said, “The idea of social responsibility is what really moves me. It’s a very galvanizing feature that I think film can possess.”
Founder Peter Ackerman and documaker Steve York accepted for the Intl. Center for Nonviolent Conflict, which  produces documentaries on the role of non-violent resistance in promoting democratic change.
“We wanted honorees suited to our mission,” Aaron Lobel, who founded America Abroad Media 10 years ago,  told Bloomberg News.