The Heart, made by Kaitlin Prest and Mitra Kaboli, won top honors this weekend as the gold winner for Best Documentary at Third Coast International Festival. The winning piece is an episode called Mariya, which chronicles Mariya Karimjee’s experience with female genital mutilation, how she deals with it personally and broaches a conversation with her family.
Learn more about the event in this NPR interview with festival executive director Johanna Zorn. Zorn said:
“The production is very subtle. It’s mostly music in the background that takes us from, you know, one chapter of her life to the next. And it’s beautifully done. It gives us space to think about what is happening and for us to, perhaps for a very short time, you know, be in her shoes.”