Firdaus Kharas

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Firdaus Kharas (b. 1955) is a Canadian television producer.

Background[edit]

Kharas was born in Calcutta, India before moving to the United States in 1973.[citation needed]

In 1978, he moved to Canada.[citation needed]

He created Chocolate Moose Media in 1995 to produce animated public service announcement videos.[1]

The Three Amigos PSA campaign[edit]

In 2004, Kharas produced The Three Amigos Campaign which advocated the use of condoms to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.[2][3] The PSA was translated into 45 languages, reached 150 countries, and won a Peabody Award.[4]

Of the translations, a University of Ottawa professor explained that “It dares to override cultural differences and address a highly sensitive issue currently affecting all cultures.”[5]

Other Projects[edit]

Other projects have included malaria[6], sexual and domestic violence,[7][8] solar power,[9] and the Ebola virus disease.[10][11]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Carleton University[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. Morin, Roc (18 October 2013). "Talking Condoms Make Safe Sex Campaigns Acceptable in Conservative Countries". The Atlantic.
  2. Three Amigos, one message to the US; stop spread of HIV. "Independent".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Firdaus Kharas creates animated films with a strong social impact. "Globe and Mail".
  4. "Three Amigos" win Peabody Award. "Screen Africa".
  5. The (Globalized) Three Amigos: Translating and Disseminating HIV/AIDS Prevention Discourse. "Von Flotow".
  6. Infect! Infect! Kill Humans with Malaria. "Macleans".
  7. Social Media Campaign to take on Domestic Abusers. "Global Issues".
  8. Clark, Dulcie (2 November 2010). "Firdaus Kharas creates animated films with a strong social impact". The Globe and Mail.
  9. Butler, Joey (12 June 2014). "Firdaus Kharas: Activism through animation". UM News.
  10. A New African Supergirl Confronts Ebola. "Huffington Post".
  11. Ebola Animation Seen By Thousands. "United Methodist Communications".
  12. Honorary Degree Videos. "Carleton University".
  13. Chianello, Joanne (10 June 2015). "Carleton honours community builders as convocations begin". The Ottawa Citizen.

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