Shouting in the Dark is competing with Channel 4's Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, and two BBC programmes, The Truth about Adoption and Undercover Care, for the prestigious real Bafta. In the on-line reader poll our film is neck and neck with Sri Lanka, each accumulating in excess of 264,000 "votes". When you consider the population of Bahrain is around just 1.2m, these are staggering numbers.
Our film simply tells the story of the uprising in Bahrain in early 2011. Our filmmaker, May Ying Welsh, had to operate undercover for three months to bring these images to the world due to the ban on journalists in the country. The narratives in Bahrain are ultimately irreconcilable - on one hand of a peaceful democratic uprising and on the other of a sectarian, Iranian-backed attempted putsch. All we could do, and did, was get to grips with the story in the best manner possible.
While being surprised by the level of opposition to the film, we've been equally taken aback by the positive reaction. So far it has picked up awards from the UK Foreign Press Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and a George Polk Award, as well as an RTS and Monte Carlo nomination. The Bafta nomination is the latest piece of good news, and we're honoured to be listed amongst some of the most popular and well known British documentaries.
See Al Jazeera's documentary Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark below, and watch Sri Lanka's Killing Fields on 4oD