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Nisha Pahuja’s To Kill a Tiger shortlisted for Academy Award for Documentary Feature Film. Acclaimed Notice Pictures/NFB co-production advances to next round of voting for the 96th Oscars.


December 21, 2023 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced that Nisha Pahuja’s acclaimed feature documentary To Kill a Tiger is one of 15 films shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Film Oscar. Link to the Academy press release: bit.ly/487oiii.

It’s the latest honour for this powerful Notice Pictures/National Film Board of Canada co-produced doc, which to date has received over 20 Canadian and international awards.

More about the film

To Kill a Tiger by Nisha Pahuja (127 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/to-kill-a-tiger

  • On the night of a family wedding in a village in India, Ranjit’s 13-year-old daughter is dragged into the woods and sexually assaulted by three men. Ranjit takes on the fight of his life when he demands the accused be brought to justice. In India, where a rape is reported every 20 minutes and conviction rates are less than 30 percent, Ranjit’s decision to support his daughter is virtually unheard of, and his journey unprecedented.
  • With tremendous access to all facets of the story, To Kill a Tigercharts the emotional journey of an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances—a father whose love for his daughter forces a social reckoning that will reverberate for years to come.
  • To Kill a Tiger is now streaming free of charge in Canada at nfb.ca and via the NFB app, available on smart TVs and mobile devices.


  • Producers: Cornelia Principe and Nisha Pahuja (Notice Pictures); David Oppenheim (NFB)
  • Executive producers: Andy Cohen, Anita Lee (NFB), Atul Gawande, Andrew Dragoumis, Dev Patel, Mindy Kaling, Shivani Rawat, Rupi Kaur, Anita Bhatia, Niraj Bhatia, Deepa Mehta, Samarth Sahni, S. Mona Sinha, Priya Doraswamy, Jason Loftus, Geeta Sondhi, Cornelia Principe

Awards for To Kill a Tiger include:

  • Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary and Best Original Music in a Feature Length Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards;
  • Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF);
  • Best Documentary Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival;
  • Canada’s Top Ten, TIFF;
  • Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary, Directors Guild of Canada;
  • Beyond the Screen Award, Docaviv;
  • Special Jury Award and Michael Sullivan Award for Documentary Journalism, Salem Film Fest, Massachusetts.

About the director

  • Nisha Pahuja is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto. Her latest film, To Kill a Tiger, had its world premiere at TIFF, where it won the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Since then, it’s won over 20 awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and three Canadian Screen Awards. The film grew out of a long career of addressing various human rights issues, notably violence against women in India. In 2015, Pahuja won an Amnesty International Media Award for Canadian journalism after making a short film about the Delhi bus gang rape for Global News. Her other past credits include the multi-award-winning The World Before Her(2012; Best Documentary Feature, Jury Award winner, Tribeca Film Festival; Best Canadian Documentary, Hot Docs; TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten; Best Documentary nominee, Canadian Screen Awards), the series Diamond Road (2008; Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series) and the NFB documentary Bollywood Bound (2002; Gemini Award nominee).

NFB at the Oscars

  • To date, NFB productions and co-productions have garnered 77 Academy Award nominations and 11 Oscars.
  • The NFB also received a 1988 Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.
  • For more information, visit: nfb.ca/oscars.

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