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Best documentaries of Pelicam 2015, in retrospective in Bucharest

The winning film of the Grand Prize at Pelicam 2015, “Good Things Await” (Denmark, 2014) will be screened at “Elvira Popescu” Cinema on Tuesday, July 7, as part of the Pelicam Retrospective in Bucharest, due to take place during July 7 – 9.

“Good Things Await” (Denmark, 2014) was selected the best in the long film competition by the jury that included former European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos, director Farida Pacha and Andre Abreu de Almeida, from behalf of the international organisation Tara Oceans. The story of Niels Stokholm, the 84-year-old farmer who owns the only bio-dynamic farm in Denmark, impressed the audience and the jury. Niels personally attended the festival and explained how his agricultural practices in complete harmony with nature resisted throughout the years and despite of impediments from behalf of authorities.

The Pelicam retrospective includes all films awarded during the fourth edition of the International Film Festival of Environment and People in Tulcea. The first screening in the program includes the two films awarded in the short film section. “Wild Boar” (Holland, 2013), directed by Willem Baptist, speaks about the ambivalent relationship between people and wild boars. The documentary won a special award from behalf of the jury that consisted of alpinist Alex Gavan, journalist Andra Matzal and director Tom Wilson. The second film, “Silent River” (Mexico, 2014), the story of a young woman fighting to save the river that crosses her home town polluted by companies in the industrial area, is the winner of the section.

Wednesday brings films awarded in the sections Fresh Perspectives and Black Sea Docs. “Seeds of Time” (USA, 2014) was selected the best film in the Fresh Pespectives category by the jury of six teenagers from Tulcea, coordinated by Rosia Montana activist Tica Darie. The second projection of the evening is “Hey Neighbour!” (Turkey, 2014), a film that won a special award from the jury of the Black Sea Docs category, that included Peter O’Brien, from behalf of the International Environment Film Festival of Washington DC, photo-journalist Petrut Calinescu and director Dan Curean.

The last day of the Retrospective starts with a surprise film of the topic of the Danube Delta, a production by Pelicam & Rewilding Europe. The documentary is followed by the radio report “Danube Delta Soundtrack”, made by the attendants to the radio journalism workshop organized during  Pelicam 2015, by Pelicam in partnership with the International Organization of Francophony. The program will end with “Tristia: A Black Sea Odyssey” (Germany, 2014),the winning film of the Black Sea Docs section. Director Stanislaw Mucha carries the viewers in an impressive 5,000 kilometre journey over the coasts of seven countries around the Black Sea.

Over 5,500 viewers have attended screenings, discussions, photo exhibitions, workshops, concerts and parties at Pelicam 2015.

 

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