After four days of screenings and intense debates, the jurys of the Pelicam International Film Festival voted for the graduates of the 4th edition. And the winners are…
Official competition WINNER
GOOD THINGS AWAIT
Denmark, 2014, 95 min | Directed by Phie Ambo
Niels Stokholm is one of the most idealistic farmers in Denmark. He runs the biodynamic farm with his wife, Rita, and from their farm, Thorshøjgaard, they distribute products to some of the best restaurants in the world.But not everyone is equally fond of Thorshøjgaard and their holistic methods. Authorities and bureaucracy threaten to close down the farm. Phie Ambo follows their struggle to make sure that they are not the last to do agriculture the way they do, but some of the first.
Fresh Perspectives WINNER
SEEDS OF TIME
USA, 2013, 77 min | Directed by Sandy McLeod
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
Shorts competition WINNER
Mexico, 2014, 25 min | Directed by Jason Jaacks and Steve Fisher
The Santiago River, known locally as “the River of Death”, flows along the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. For forty years, waste from one of Mexico’s largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies in the corridor – brands like IBM, HP, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and Nestlé – are American and Japanese. The river has been transformed into a sewer with over 1000 known chemicals, including dangerously high levels of arsenic, chrome, and lead. Silent River follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save the one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.
Black Sea Docs WINNER
TRISTIA: THE BLACK SEA ODYSSEY
Germany, 2014, 99 min | Directed by Stanislaw Mucha
Stanislaw Mucha takes you on an astonishing journey of 5,000 kilometers along the coasts of seven countries. Landscapes extend between Crimea and the Caucasus, the Turkish northern coast and the Danube Delta, whose magic and destruction are unique and admired. TRISTIA captures the collision of mythic images, which seem to have overcome time, with the rapid, multi-cultural changes, as determined by post-communist ideas: the megalomania highway and Olympic madness. The Black Sea is a place of contradictions: It is where Orient and Occident meet, salt and fresh water, splendor and tranquility, civilization and barbarism. It has equally been a playground of war and a retreat. Ever since this region has been used as stage of history and shaken by conflicts. The Black-Sea-people are blessed with countless promises of happiness and buffeted by disappointments at the same time.