Knowledge Network documentary Blood Relative Nominated for Canadian Screen Awards |

The 2014 Canadian Screen Awards nominees in film, television and digital media were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Blood Relative: Mumbai’s Forgotten Children, directed by B.C. filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji and commissioned by British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, received three nominations: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political/Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program and Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series.

“Knowledge Network’s enduring commitment to working with independent producers has resulted in multiple CSA nominations. We are absolutely delighted by the national recognition for this documentary, produced by B.C.’s own Nimisha Mukerji,” says Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “I’m equally proud of our commissioning staff, Murray Battle and Patrice Ramsey, for their insightful collaboration with Nimisha.”

Blood Relative follows Indian activist Vinay Shetty who fights to save two children who are dying from the rare disease Thalassemia. As he battles India’s broken healthcare system, Vinay and the children find themselves bound together by ties stronger than blood.

Knowledge Network also supported a number of other projects nominated today in both children’s and documentary categories. Winners will be announced during Canadian Screen Week, March 3-9.

A viewer-supported public broadcaster, British Columbia’s Knowledge Network offers commercial-free documentaries and children’s programs from Canada and around the world. Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content. Visit and