After five days screening of many good movies, sharing music , socializing… Auroville Film Festival 13 concluded yesterday with closing ceremony. Amazing work of students, with lots of enthusiasm, humor, creativity consist a big part of festival, and clearly shows that youth got a lot of potentials, capacities and freedom to develop it further. Marco, Sasi, Tom, Christoph, Krishna….and many many more made the festival happened, providing the platform to share city creativity along with the category on theme of human unity from outside.
***** films made by students ***
Jury Award: A Brief History of Auroville Director, Script, Camera: Transition School 5th Grade Kilan, Swaranapoorani, Auropradeepa, Arjunan, Mathan, Madhan This film is not only historically relevant to Auroville, but it is a good animation. Well done! ***
Cinema Paradiso Award: Practice What You Preach Director, Script: Victoria Cortés This film has a very good concept, is technically brilliant and is of international cinema caliber.
Wisdom Award: Fruit of Technology Director, Script, Camera, Sound, Editing: Yam Yardeni Producer: Yardeni Productions A very intelligent and impactful film which shows the brilliance of a young child. ***
Creativity Award: Grounded Director, Script, Camera, Sound, Editing: Deepanam School 5th Grade Arun, Florian, Raul, Aron, Bouthan With catchy music and amazing energy, this film is experimental & creative in its concept, its imagery, and its titles. ***
MONGBRA Award: Grounded Director, Script, Camera, Sound, Editing: Deepanam School 5th Grade Arun, Florian, Raul, Aron, Bouthan ***
AUDIENCE VOTE Runner up: The Other Half TLC film by Yam, Eden, Jalin, Abha, Veerle, Jasmine, Zohar, Surya ***
films made by Aurovilians ***
Jury Award: Auroville Botanical Gardens Director, Script: Michel Gronoff Producer: Auroville Botanical Gardens Video Production, Paul Blanchflower Camera, Editing: Christoph Pohl Sound: Christoph Pohl, RV Assistant Director: Claire Cast: Wazo, Satyamoorthi The voice of an Aurovilian comes across with what is being generated here; a humorous and appealing film. ***
Cinema Paradiso Award: Metroxical New York Director: Kousalya Jeganathan, Mohandass Radhkrishnan Producer: Accessible Horizon Films, Ramesh Mourthy, Raghu Jeganathan A film with great cinematography, insight and impact; an international film. **
Wisdom Award: Qualities & Realities Series Director, Producer, Sound, Editing: Juan Felipe Rodriguez Aguiló Concept films which profile different experiences of being and doing as an Aurovilian. Can reach varied audiences. ***
films made about Auroville ***
Jury Award: Die Welt Bürgerin (The World Citizen) Director, Script: Cosima Lange Protagonist: Isa Cayetana Prieto A film that tells the story of an Aurovilian experience the space, the relationships, the nurturing. Technically well made and leaves a touching impact. Has an international appeal. ***
Cinema Paradiso Award: Svaram, The Visceral Sound Director, Script, Camera, Sound, Editing: Premjit Ramachandran A film about the Auroville community and the artist with his music, his ceations and the interactions with the local space. The sounds and movement of the film gives a sense of the experiment that creates Auroville. It is an expression of a divine experience. ***
Wisdom Award: On EducationIn Auroville Director, Producer: Iona van Ginneken, Virgile van Ginneken Co-production: OutreachMedia This is a film that shares the energy, enthusiasm, pedagogy and participation of the way knowledge is gained and given in Auroville. It is an inspiring film. ***
films that develop the theme of Human Unity ***
Jury Award: YOM ECHAD ACHARI HA-SHALOM (ONE DAY AFTER PEACE) 2012, Documentary, English / Hebrew with English subtitles, Israel, 86 min Director: Erez, Miri Laufer Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? If forgiveness at this level is possible for the human heart, then there is still hope! ***
Cinema Paradiso Award: THE COURAGE OF NEIGHBORS: STORIES FROM THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE 2013, Documentary, English / Kinyarwanda with English subtitles, Rwanda, 3 min Director: Iara Lee Producer: Caipirinha Productions, Iara Lee What is it to save a strangers life when you risk your own, and blood crazed people stalk your home, looking to kill some more? And you do that again and again. ***
Wisdom Award: MAMA AFRICA 2011, Documentary, English / French with English subtitles, Germany, 88 min Director: Mika Kaurismäki Producer: Starhaus Filmproduktion GmbH, Rainer Kölmel There are some people who like me, and some, who dont. The ones who dont, say of me, There she goes again, singing politics. But I have a good answer. I dont sing politics. I only sing the Truth. It is a unifying truth, spoken in song, with a heart that seeks only an embrace, with anger only at the separation. ***
Wisdom Award: ONE DAY, EVERYTHING WILL BE FREE 2013, Documentary, English / Creole with English subtitles, USA, 83 min Director, Producer, Script, Camera, Editing: Joseph Redwood-Martinez Its a wonderful film about a great attitude, that of service, or, Seva, as Aviram puts it. Caring for the Earth in places where its most wounded and bringing it back to life, making it a personal cause and its own reward, making it possible for others to experience this giving, of themselves, to inspire the present and to work towards a future, full of well being for the generations to come, this is what we see in this film about Sadhana Forest, Haiti.