Emmy Award-winning Indian director Geeta Gandbhir and Oscar-winner Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s new documentary “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers” will be showcased at Jio Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) 17th Mumbai Film Festival, organised by Aamir Khans wife Kiren Rao, and Nita Ambani.
The film, about Bangladeshi police officers, follows a unit of one hundred and sixty women who, between June 2013 and July 2014, travel far from their families in Bangladesh to join the United Nations Stabilizing Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). They form one of the world’s first all-female, predominantly Muslim peacekeeping units.
It took three years to make the film during which both the directors spent time with the women police officers “at least a week or week and a half every month” in Haiti and Bangladesh.
“Sharmeen, my co-director, co-producer is based in Pakistan, so she covered most of what we shot in Bangladesh and I handled Haiti because I’m based in New York,” Ms Gandbhir said.