On October 15th the 4th BIFED Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary has ended.
Here’s the award winners:
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FETHI KAYAALP GRAND AWARD
“THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN”
JULIA DAHR, DENMARK/NORWAY/KENYA, 2017, 87’
The first award goes to the documentary “Thank you for the Rain” by Julia Dahr and her protagonist Kisilu, an educated farmer from Kenya, whose remarkable passion and devotion touched us deeply and will stay in our hearts. Kisilu, is a father with virtually nothing, doing what he can and making a real difference, not only for his beloved family but his entire community. From his small farm in Kenya he sees the bigger picture and not only the trees he is planting in his dried land. Kisilus figure has the power of a mythological hero, sending a universal message that goes far beyond the issue of the climate change itself, reminding us that it takes only one to make a difference.
JIU-LIANG WANG, CHINA/TAIWAN, 2017, 82’
The second prize goes to “Plastic China” by Jiu-liang Wang, a film focusing on the microcosm of a group of plastic waste recyclers. China is the leading importer of plastic waste in the world. We follow Yi Jie, a smart yet trapped eleven-year-old girl in this debris environment. Out of toxic materials she creates her own dream world. Thanks to the cinematic perspective, the director allows us to witness the complex relationships between two families living on the hills of our plastic trash. It results in a precious piece of authentic Cinema.
“UP, DOWN AND SIDEWAYS”
ANUSHKA MEENAKSHI & ISWAR SRIKUMAR, INDIA, 2017, 83’
The third prize goes to “Up, Down and Sideways” by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar. The filmmakers present a community in the hills of Nagaland, India where rice and music are growing together. The camera orchestrates this unique verbal musical tradition in a striking contemporary performance, derived from groups of men and women singing delightfully in the paddy fields, reminding themselves and each other that: “I cannot sing the parts alone; without you there can be no song”. The film dances between the ethno musical and environmental genre, creating the choreography of an unforgettable and inspiring community.
GAIA STUDENT AWARD
“DUSK CHORUS: BASED ON FRAGMENTS OF EXTINCTION”
NIKA SARAVANJA & ALESSANDRO D’EMILIA, ITALY, 2016, 62’
For narrating the changes in ecological balance through the often-neglected voice of mother earth and employing a powerful cinematography that employs a poetic language that never falls into a didactic tone; for showing us how drought can change the sound of a tree, how species form an acoustic language, which brings forth an ecological symphony, in which each would be independent yet synchronized.