LorasMedia Studies graduates Rathendra Thakurathi (’12), Jacob Speikermeier (’12), and Mike Harlovic (’12) received the Iowa Motion Picture Association award for Best Collegiate Short Film
at the IMPA Awards April 27th in Des Moines for their film Aafreen.
The film was completed in May 2012. It was written and directed by Thakurathi, currently in the Graduate Film program at USC, and produced by Speikermeier, currently a producer in Cedar Rapids.
Synopsis: Aafreen is on a mission to find a teaching job in America, but it won’t be easy as she struggles to balance love, family dignity, and a community that does not understand her.