Overseas Feature A RIVER CHANGES COURSE and Korean PALDANG Win Grand Prizes
The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul has announced the winners for its grand prizes. The grand award was given to A River Changes Course by director Kalyani MAM. The jury said, "We gave the film high points for portraying the crisis and pains experienced by those living by the Tonlesap River in an elegant way making full use of space." Director Kalyani MAM sent a thank you speech via video and said, "It is such an honor. The film is about all of us living in the fast-moving pace of globalization. We are all trying to find a balance between preservation and development. I hope to share a feeling of such changes in life with those living in Korea."
The award for the best short film went to Daniele Atzeni who directed The Dead of Alos. It portrays the effects of modernization on a village using archive footage and the jury highly praised the message of the film as well as how it was delivered through the film.
The Jury's Special Award was given to director KANG Seok-pil
's Forest Dancing
. The film focuses on a community in downtown Seoul as they live around Seongmi Mountain. It depicts their struggle to save the mountain and the jury said that the documentary shows a sense of passion and sacrifice. Director KANG said, "It was an honor just to make it to an international