Palmares 5th Filmambiente (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL)

After eight days of screenings and intense debates, the jurys of the Filmambiente voted for the graduates of the 5th edition. And the winners are…

Awards Feature Length Documentary

Best Film Award:

Big Men, the Movie

Rachel Boynton | USA | 2013 | 99 min


What happens when a group of hungry people discovers a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth? Produced by Brad Pitt, the film is a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals – a quest for money, power, and influence that affects us all.

Jurors awarded the film because: A real documentary. Intriguing, complete and high quality. Perfect in each and every detail. From the tense meetings of CEOs of the petrol sector to the honest conversations with guerilla men strongly armed.


People`s Choice Award:

The Garden of Hope

Laurence Guenoun | Brazil, France | 2015 | 75 min


Filmed at the South America’s largest open-air landfill after its closure, the camera gives to its inhabitants a stand where they can be heard. What will happen now to the community that has no other way of earning its daily bread? What the future holds for the children? With a camera, they can express themselves and their hope.

With 84,93% of the votes.


Special Mention 1:

The E-Waste Tragedy

Cosima Dannoritzer | France, Spain, UK |2014 | 86 min


This follow-up film to the award-winning The Light Bulb Conspiracy takes the viewer on a journey to Europe, China, Africa, and the US to investigate the world of illegal e-waste trafficking, revealing a toxic trade fueled by greed and corruption.

The e-waste road around the world is shown with elegance and firmness by the director. The care in the investigation leaves no doubt about the big incoherence of consumerism in modern society.


Special Mention 2:

The Garden of Hope

Laurence Guenoun | Brazil, France | 2015 | 75 min


It’s impossible to be indiferent to the though reality shown in the documentary. Simply beautiful and moving. ​


Prêmios de Curta Metragem

Best Short Film Award:

Ants Apartment

Tofiq Amani | Kurdistão, Iran| 2014 | 10min38


This story is about a threesome family that lives in the Ants apartment in one of the deserts of Iraq after the war. One day a strange thing happens that changes their lives…

Because the film starts with a visually upsetting image, but with captivating dialog, and surprises and moves when back the camera up, revealing an unthinkable end.


Special Mention Short Film 1:


Tiago Carvalho and Arthur Frazão | Brazil | 2014 | 16 min


At the north region of Minas State, the inhabitants try to update their traditions in order to preserve their life style and territory.

Gerais is a visually beautiful and subtle film, with simple characters with cutting stories, that carry strength and joy while preserving their environment.


Special Mention Short Film 2:

Brazil´s Warriors Women

Paul Redman | UK | 2014 | 7min32


Part of the series If not us, who? Get to know the Brazilian women that work collecting the babassu plant and their fight to keep the activity afloat.

The film highlights the center whole of women in a movement that – due to their struggle – became very important, a precious asset in the region, capable of giving dignity back to the lives of these women.