Pearl-Cohn Student Awarded a Student National Emmy Award

UPDATE October 4, 2016: Laith Amanoel was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Production Award for his non-fiction short form documentary "Citizen Laith." Congratulations to Laith, his cameraman Loai Amanoel and their adviser Todd Young. “At any moment, we could have been killed.”

This is just one of the sentiments shared in “Citizen Laith,” a short documentary about life as a refugee.

“Citizen Laith” tells the story of Laith Amanoel and his family. In the film, Laith and his family share how they ended up in America and why they chose this country. Laith speaks about the differences between life in America and life in Iraq. His dad Maan Hana, mom Ashwaq and uncle AKram also share about their experiences.

Laith, who has been in the United States for six years, produced and edited the documentary. His work on the film earned him a nomination for the 2016 National Student Production Awards in the “High School Short Form – Non-Fiction” category.

[youtube] The film is narrated by Daniel Herelle and was created under the direction of Todd Young, a Broadcasting/Video Production teacher at Pearl-Cohn.

The awards ceremony will be held on October 4 at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Livestreaming of the event will start at 11:30 a.m. CST on that date, and can be accessed here:

Please join us in supporting and congratulating Laith and Pearl-Cohn on receiving this honor.