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Indian Film Editor anisha Acharya Bags Gold At The Student Academy Awards

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Anisha Acharya, a student from Odisha, has made India proud by winning gold at the prestigious 2015 Student Academy Awards in the Narrative category. Having graduated from NIFT Bangalore with a degree in Accessories Design, she has now completed her Masters in Film Editing from the American Film Institute (AFI).

The winning film Day One, which Anisha edited, is a 25-minute war film based on the true story of an Afghan-American woman, who serves as an interpreter in Afghanistan for the US army. Going beyond her call of duty, she helps deliver the child of the pregnant bomb-maker's wife. With a strand of both cultures in her life, she finds herself at the 'crossroads of identity'. The film is based on director, Henry Hughes' experiences in the US military in Afghanistan, where he did two tours. He was inspired by his interpreter and their experiences. Henry's story itself was a very rich and layered one with compelling characters, subplots and a range of themes covering military occupation, terrorism, gender relations, innocence and guilt. The award was presented to Anisha's film crew by the famous American actor, Jason Mitchell. The ceremony itself was held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. The Film has also won the BAFTA US Student Award and The Student Emmy Awards.