The winner of the 4th Filmambiente was the American documentary Bidder 70, directed by George and Beth Gage. The juror said: “The film takes us through a history of a character with all the characteristics of a classic Hero: a young man willing to make a huge sacrifice for the common good, to defend the rightness, against a powerful enemy. The film reveals how the courage of a man can be an example to the right to resist, to civil disobedience, spreading inspiration and hope”.
Virunga, UK production directed by Orlando von Einseidel, received the People’s Choice award and a Special Award by the jurors, that considered “The film has all the elements of an action film: dramatic, passionate, beautiful. An international intrigue, a game of power and brutal violence. Nevertheless, it is a real story, than could only be told due to the courage of characters that face these forces. When we watch Virunga we identify ourselves with the innocent victims of the conflict – we are the gorillas, we are the Congolese expelled from their land.”
The other Special Award was given to Green Desert, Argentinian production directed by Ulises de la Orden, because “it is an unpretentious and simple film, as the mothers that pursue justice and, like them, has the great beauty of correctness, honesty and the belief that people organized and informed can make justice prevail. In a deeply connected world, we have access to these truths. Most of us see, read, and move on. The film brands together all these information and the people that suffer the consequences, making it impossible to ignore.
The short film awarded were:
Argentine production Payada Pa Satán for “The film interprets a grave environmental issue with narrative rigor and great aesthetic care using the popular imaginary as starting point.”
Tanzanian production Shadow Tree “Because it gives hope back to viewers when it shows an improbable friendship.”
and the Best Short film award went to The Barrel, UK, Venezuela and Dominican Republic production For the originality of the script and perfect direction, that reveals an inspiring character amidst the contradictions of a Venezuela divided between the wealth of the Petroleum industry and the poverty of a riverside community.