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Daniel Benjamin Wheeler wins best director

NEW YORK. The New York International Film Awards (NYIFA) has named Daniel Benjamin Wheeler as the recipient of the ‘Best Director – Short’. The award was given for his new documentary short, Reclaiming the Night. The 19-minute film, just beginning its festival run, provides a compelling look into the psychological impact of war on children.

About the film

Reclaiming the Night offers an exploration into the aftermath of war, focusing on the trauma-induced nightmares experienced by children. The documentary highlights the efforts of Professor Jon-Håkon Schultz. The Norwegian professor has devoted over a decade to aiding children scarred by the horrors of conflict.

Filmed in Norway and Lebanon, the film documents a poignant encounter between  Schultz and a Syrian child. Marked by the scars of an atrocity carried out by ISIS, she tells of her nightmares. This heart-rending interaction underscores the profound gravity of challenges faced by war-affected children, and the pressing need for interventions akin to Schultz’s initiative.

Beyond the vivid portrayal of these challenges, the documentary also serves as a testament to human resilience.

A message of hope

“It’s essential that we share these stories. Not just to shed light on the horrors of war but to underscore the immense potential we have as humans to rise above our circumstances,” said Daniel Benjamin Wheeler as he wins best director at NYIFA.

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