Geeta director Emma Macey-Storch wins Australia’s newest film award

Geeta follows mother-of-three Geeta Mahor, an acid-attack survivor who now campaigns for law and justice reform around domestic violence.

Director Emma Macey-Storch has been named the winner of the inaugural Ferguson Film Prize for her 2021 documentary Geeta. The award, administered by Screenwave International Film Festival, comprises a $3,000 personal cash prize, a trophy and an official accreditation.

Geeta, Macey-Storch’s second documentary, follows mother-of-three Geeta Mahor, who was asleep with her young daughters in India when her husband crept into the room and threw acid on them, leaving Geeta and her daughter Neetu badly injured and grappling with poverty and ostracism in Agra’s slums. Since then, they have campaigned to end violence against women, catapulting Geeta onto a global stage as co-founder of a local activist movement, Sheroes.

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites