Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s compelling documentary film, “I Am Somebody,” has achieved a prestigious accolade, securing the Guirlande d’Honneur at the 40th Sport Movies & TV, Milano International FICTS Fest. Notably, this impactful docu-film features a special guest appearance by football legend David Beckham.
“I Am Somebody” unfolds a poignant narrative centered around six exceptionally talented street-connected children handpicked to represent their respective countries at the Street Child World Cup in Qatar. Originating from diverse nationalities such as Brazil, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, these ambitious youngsters captivate audiences with their journey.
In a press release, Sharmeen expressed her admiration for the commendable efforts in encouraging and rehabilitating street children, providing them with opportunities to thrive. She emphasized the significance of capturing the stories of these young talents navigating the streets of Pakistan, showcasing their determination to excel on the global stage and debunking stereotypes surrounding their capabilities. Sharmeen’s words serve as a powerful inspiration for all who witness the film.
The acclaimed filmmaker, known for her work on “Star Wars: New Jedi Order,” further remarked, “It’s films like these that make you realize that it is so important to create opportunities for young people. We’re excited to share the film with the rest of the world.” This sentiment reflects the film’s mission to shed light on the pressing issue of street children and the transformative power of providing opportunities for their growth.
Directed by Jamillah van der Hulst, “I Am Somebody” unfolds its narrative across five different countries. Jamillah shared insights into her experience working with the main characters, revealing the harsh reality that over 100 million children endure life on the streets. Despite being neglected and often forgotten, these resilient children maintain hope for a brighter future. Jamillah remarked, “The children in I Am Somebody opened up to us, and their strong characters and touching stories are an inspiration to everyone they meet.” Her words underline the film’s ability to illuminate the strength and hope found within these marginalized youth.
In essence, “I Am Somebody” stands as a testament to the resilience of street-connected children, offering a poignant portrayal of their journeys and aspirations. The Guirlande d’Honneur award solidifies its impact, recognizing the film’s contribution to raising awareness about the challenges faced by these young individuals and the transformative potential of providing them with opportunities to shine on a global stage. As Sharmeen and Jamillah eagerly anticipate sharing this compelling story with the world, “I Am Somebody” continues to be a beacon of inspiration and a call to action for creating meaningful opportunities for the youth.