TV show on Beirut port blast nominated for Emmy Award
A television series that shares the stories of 15 people caught in the devastating Beirut Port explosion last year has been nominated for an Emmy Award.
'Beirut 6:07' – which refers to the time the massive blast took place on 4 August - is nominated under the Short-Form Series category.
The International Emmy Awards is set to take place on 22 November, which coincides with Lebanon's Independence Day from the French.
We’re going to the Emmys ❤️🎉— lucien bourjeily (@lucienbourjeily) September 24, 2021
“Beirut 6:07”🇱🇧🎥 (of which I wrote and directed the third episode) has been nominated for an @iemmys award.
Hope this nomination will help to bring back the spotlight internationally to this crucial case and that justice will be served. pic.twitter.com/fv933Vr30M
The series, released around two months after the explosion and shown on Arabic content streaming platform Shahid, is narrated by 15 Lebanese directors in the short film format, each telling the story of a victim on that day.
While the makers of the series came under fire due to the timing of its creation last year, others have now voiced their support as they believe it could help shed light on the case.
The investigate judge in charge of the inquiry in Lebanon has faced major hurdles due to officials refusing to lift immunities and cooperate. He is now at risk of being removed from the case like his predecessor was in February.
Over 200 people died and around 6,000 were injured as a result of the blast. Large swathes of the capital heavily damaged have undergone slow but gradual renovation, allowing residents to gradually move back.