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Miditech's documentary on Tihar Jail wins Intl Gold Panda Award

MUMBAI: Delhi-based production company Miditech has won the International Gold Panda Award for its documentary 'Inside: Asia's Largest Jail' at the Sichuan TV Festival, 2011.

The documentary is part of National Geographic Channel's 'Inside' - a series which enters the world's most restrictive places, unraveling the non stop drama helmed by a compelling cast of characters.

Inside: Asia's Largest Jail goes behind the walls of Asia's largest jail complex in New Delhi, India. Through stories of several prisoners and staff, the film explores the challenges, fears, anxieties, hopes and disappointments of those who live and work inside Tihar. It's a world set apart, on the one hand, with dreaded criminals who are prone to violent conflict with each other and with the staff. On another it is a correctional facility with a range of educational facilities and meditation programs, designed for reform and rehabilitation of prisoners.

Miditech president Niret Alva said, "This film is restless, roving, ever present, the camera is at once ubiquitous, yet seemingly invisible. Why, because Tihar jail inmates seem completely oblivious of it. The stories of different characters intersect and sometimes merge, so beautifully that you feel you have a ring side view of a big living thing called Tihar. We at Miditech enjoyed making this film and are truly thrilled by this news."

Miditech MD and CEO Nikhil J Alva added, "Documentaries are an important part of Miditech's DNA as a production company. With this win, Miditech's documentary division has once again proved it can create compelling documentaries on Indian subjects that appeal to audiences all over the world because of their universal themes, strong research, innovative storytelling and high end production value."

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