Director Onir’s documentary is elated after his documentary, Raising the Bar has won the Award Of Recognition at Australian film festival. The documentary is based on children who have Down syndrome. The filmmaker won at the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards.
“This documentary was a special journey. I have always celebrated human rights and diversity. This was the journey into a world that I had not experienced directly and the love I felt from everyone was enriching,” says Onir, who has directed films such as I AM, My Brother Nikhil and Bas Ek Pal.
The decision to direct a documentary was unexpected for the filmmaker. “It was totally by chance. When Mitu (Bhowmick, producer) came to Mumbai from Australia, she mentioned that she was looking for a director who can work on a documentary on Down syndrome. I was free and it took me 30 seconds to say yes. It was something I wanted to be associated with, and anyway I like doing real stories.”