These are the awarded films at the 18th International Human Rights Film Festival - FICDH

18 de JUNE, 2019

The International Human Rights Film Festival (FICDH), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by the Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC (IMD) is pleased to announce the awarded films of the Official Competition: From May 30 to June 5, 2019 and under the motto “Come Out to Play!”, the Festival focused mainly on the rights of boys, girls and adolescents, aiming at bringing awareness to and deepening the debate on the subject, in order to find new instances of empowerment that can be replicated as tools of individual and collective transformation through art.

This objective was central, even when it come to naming the juries, given that the group that decided which films were to win the official competitions was also made up by youngsters and adolescents, so as to foster plurality of voices on the selection of the winners. A young jury was also made up, whose members came from different locations and social organizations, being the youngest a girl of only ten years.
Moving to the awards, the First Prize of the Feature Films Official Competition was won by Bruce Lee & The Outlaw, by Joost Vandebrug (UK), which got a 1,000 euros prize, according to the jury made up by the Argentinean photographer Violeta Capasso, the poet and filmmaker Césaar González and the director Alejandra Grinschpun.

According to the jury, the film deserved the prize because “...its truthful and corporal commitment to the story it is telling is remarkable, given its maker spend six years following the protagonists. In spite of how complex and difficult the portrait of marginality always is, we believe the film avoids sensationalism and the camera manages to be affected by the characters and accompanies them rather than observe them or interpret them.”
The special mention of the same category went to Une Année Polaire, by Samuel Collarday (France).

As to the International Short and Medium-Length Official Competition, the winner of the Frist Prize, which consists of the post-production service by Gorky Films is Wiñoy Xipantv, Otra vuelta al sol by Vacabonsai Colectivo Audiovisual (Argentina), according to the judges, the journalist María Florencia Alcazar, the filmmaker Rodrigo Paz and the activist Marlene Wayar. In addition to this, the prize includes the translation of the project by the Spangerberg Institute.

The jury chose to give the prize to it “given the originality and the aesthetic impact generated by its experimental proposal in the documentary field and the power of its perspective, which allows an intimate and respectful approach to the struggle of the Mapuche people, reclaiming its world view and ancestral territoriality.”
Two shorts obtained a special mention within the same category: O órfão, by Carolina Markowicz (Brazil) and Un oscuro día de injusticia, by Daniela Fiore and Julio Azamor (Argentina).

The film ¿Quién mató mi hermano? by Ana Fraile and Lucas Scavino was awarded the First Prize of the National Documentaries Films Category, obtaining the post-production service by Gorky Films, according to the jury, made up by the rapper and member of La Garganta Poderosa Julián Manuel Ale, the actress Isadora Ardito and the filmmaker Agustín Sinibaldi.

The documentary was awarded “for being a fundamental film in times when repression is a State policy. For its commitment to the cause of the disappearance and murdering of Luciano Arruga. For denouncing the institutional violence that transcends political administrations and colors. For being able, in spite of the complexity of the cause, to build a clear audiovisual narration, solid and organized, which exposes the importance of a relentless struggle by family, friends and society as a whole.”

The Second Prize within the same category was given to Con nombre de flor, by Carina Sama, which obtained the adaptation of the documentary to accessible formats for the deaf and the blind by Percepciones Textuales. The special mention in this category is for El árbol negro, by Máximo Ciambella and Damián Coluccio.

The members of the young jury decided to give the first prize to O órfão, by Carolina Markowicz “because it is a short that show us our identity and being respected by society is crucial during childhood and adolescence. That is why if you know you who are and what you want but society won´t accept it and tries to impose a stereotype, don´t change. All that matters is that you accept who you are and you´re loyal to your true being.”

The young jury was made up by Ashly Asmat Alvarado, who lives in Villa Rodrigo Bueno and is a member of La Poderosa, Miguel Chávez, from Villa Soldati, a member of La Miguelito Pepe, the ten-year-old Jazmín Guerrero Zabala, from Villa 21/24, a member of La Dignidad Popular Movement, Daniel Eduardo Núñez, a member of the Fundación Ayuda a la Niñez y Juventud “Che Pibe” La Casa del Joven and Victoria Martina Olivieri from CiCOPS - Casa Tasso La Boca Resiste y Propone.

The second award given by the young jury went to El sonar de las olas by Vanessa Ishel Ortega Castillo (México).

The audience voted for its favorite film during the whole FICDH and the Award of the Audience went to Bruce Lee & The Outlaw, by Joost Vandebrug in the International Feature Films Official Competition. The animation Un oscuro día de injusticia, by Daniela Fiore and Julio Azamor, was granted this same award in the Shorts category, while Andrés Carrasco, ciencia disruptiva, by Valeria Tucci obtained the same award in the Documentary category.

Among other mentions, the Award of the la Asociación Católica Argentina para la Comunicación (SIGNIS) was given to La voz propia, by Valeria Sartori. The same film also deserved the first prize according to the Red Argentina de Festivales y Muestras Audiovisuales-RAFMA and Caparazones, by Eduardo Elli, obtained a special mention by it. Finally, INCAA CINE.AR acknowledged the artistic innovation, the audiovisual creativity, the quality, the content and the message of short C.I.T.A, by Lucas Molina (Argentina).

Once more, the team behind the International Human Rights Film Festival - FICDH would like to thank all of those who took part: directors, guests and the great amount of volunteers, translators and interpreters for being part of this last truly inspiring and exciting edition, looking forward for our next festival.

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