PRIZE OF THE JURY “FILM FOR OUR FUTURE”
SAIGON SUR MARNE by Aude Ha Leplège (Francia 2019, 14′)

Aude Ha Leplège is both capable of focusing on the SDG themes and to use them in a creative and original way. She narrates a story of real life without rhetoric and clichés, neither with the rawness of many documentaries whose intention is often to “sensitizing the spectator” (hardly reaching the aim). Instead of a the inflated “crude” look on the cruel side of life, Leplége is surprisingly capable of seeing things as purely as a child whose imagination is constantly fed with magic tales by loving parents, grandparents, grand-grandparents and so on. Simple fact: love can make the difference.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT’S PRIZE – “THE JOURNEY”
BELOVED di Yaser Talebi (Iran 2018)

The everyday life of an elderly shepherdess from the Iranian mountains is portrayed with great discretion, respect and depth. She looks completely at ease both in the majestic landscape and in the natural circles, totally in con-tact with her animals, her only companions, living in an isolation which is ap-preciation and acceptation of her own existential condition.
We were impressed by her courage and humbleness in facing the hardness of a completely different reality (her “sweet misery”), her pride in her own in-dependence and her ability to amaze us right up to the story’s breathtaking ending. Remarkable direction and photography, simply extraordinary the narrative’s relaxed pace.

SPECIAL MENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JURY – “THE JOURNEY”
CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND di Zara Balfour & Marcus Stephenson (UK 2018)

Children of the Snow Land – Trailer from Snow Land on Vimeo.

Thanks to this travel journal we have the chance to learn about the story of four youngsters who got back to their Himalayan villages after having spent more than ten years in a school for children in the mountains, thousands of kilometers away from home; the documentary allows us to understand the harsh
reality they face with great courage and determination. Passing through landscapes of extraordinary beauty, they embark on an educational journey which leads them to find their roots in an extremely enlightening archaic world. This journey is described with both a participatory and critical ap-proach. Once back home, they start showing more affection for their loved ones and a strong belief in the importance of education, appearing mature and ready to guide the younger ones in their same school. The students part of the jury found this film particularly impressive and therefore decided to give it this honourable mention.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT’S PRIZE – “HUMAN RIGHTS”
CONGO LUCHA di Marlène Rabaud (Belgio 2018)

In a Congo devastated by war and dictatorship, a group of young activists fights peacefully for their country’s freedom. For two years, the director fol-lows their case, capturing both their achievements and their setbacks, which do not undermine the great determination and commitment they put in their fights for civil rights and democracy. It is remarkable the joy they express in singing and in sharing causes and actions, totally in contrast with their par-ents’ disenchanted generation. This difficult reality is portrayed from within, in a dynamic and powerful way, without actually losing the big picture, until the unexpected and dramatic ending. The younger viewers were particularly impressed by the ideal tension animating the main characters.

RUBINO RUBINI AWARD BY SOLE LUNA UN PONTE TRA LE CULTURE
My home, in Lybia di Martina Melilli (Italia 2018,66)

“My home in Libia” offers a wise and intimist reflection about migration and homecoming. Melancholy and nostalgia are part of a lively narrative made up of Internet chatters. Martina Melilli’s original point of view shows the reality portraying feelings and history alike. Rubino would surely have shown this film to his students as a great example of cinema of the real.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD | SGUARDI DOC TREVISO

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND di Zara Balfour & Marcus Stephenson (UK 2018)

Children of the Snow Land – Trailer from Snow Land on Vimeo.

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