Beirut 6:07, an anthology series that pays tribute to the victims and survivors of the August 4th Explosion, is nominated under the Short-Form Series category alongside three other series from Brazil, Spain, and New Zealand.
Released in October 2020, a little over two months following the tragic incident that devastated Beirut, the series sheds light on the Beirut Blast with 15 stories, narrated by 15 Lebanese directors in the short film format.
The nonprofit show, produced by Imagic Group’s The Big Picture Studios, streams on Shahid, MBC’s digital video-streaming service, which also helped cover filming and production costs.
Shahid initially came under fire when Beirut 6:07 was first announced, as many people deemed the timing of the show’s release insensitive to the suffering of the victims.
Apart from that, the production itself has been well-received, and its creators have repeatedly stated that it serves to commemorate the victims and further highlight the tragedy that is the Beirut Explosion.
“Hope this international nomination will help bring this crucial case back into the world’s attention and spotlight,” Lucien Bourjeily, who directed and wrote the third episode, “Mira,” wrote in a social media post following the nomination.
The International Emmy Awards ceremony is set to take place on November 22nd in New York City.