Extreme experience in Cannes Festival
Cannes, 26 mai 2017 (La Croix). The blue sea of the Bay of Cannes with all its yachts and boats must not let us forget that refugees fleeing their home countries in peril of their lives are drowning on a daily basis in this same Mediterranean. Away from the glittering Promenade de la Croisette, in a well hidden commercial and industrial area of Cannes, you now have the opportunity to share their experience via the virtual reality (VR) film Carne y Arena ("Flesh and Sand"). This 6 ½ minute film, which was made by the Mexican director, Alejandro Iñarritu (21 grams, Babel, Birdman), is meant for museums rather than the film festival. First, you enter a huge warehouse, where barefoot in the sand and without your personal belongings someone in the shadows will present you with a VR helmet. Within seconds, you are projected to a dawn scene into the Mexican desert with a group of exhausted migrants, men, women, and children who are looking to cross the US border. Suddenly, the sound of a helicopter descends, freezing you in its violent light. Immediately, armed men spring from a 4WD, automatic weapons in hand, aggressive dogs on a leash, shouting orders at you to get down on your knees hands in the air and to drop everything. You find yourself literally in the midst of these poor souls, plunged with them in the midst of a terrifying environment. Another similar scene unfolds, blinding you again among the threats, cries, and tears. Then, suddenly, you are alone in the desert among the abandoned shoes and backpacks, without a past or future. In the space of six minutes, you have morally and physically experienced the fate of these new wretched of the earth. Finally, in a decompression chamber, the faces of genuine migrants with fixed gazes share their own travel hell experiences. Returning to the Riviera light of your privileged life as a free person, you know that you will never forget what you have just “experienced".
Monte-Carlo television festival announces 2017 recipients of its prestigious special prizes
Monaco, 24 May, 2017 (TV Festival). Laurent Puons, CEO of the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival (16th - 20th June), today announced the recipients of its range of prestigious Special Prizes, awarded each year in collaboration with its partner organizations: AMADE, the ICRC, the Monaco Red Cross and SIGNIS. Judged by expert international juries, winners of these renowned Special Prizes are selected from the diverse entries received from across the globe as part of the Festival's annual competition. The AMADE Prize, awarded to a television programme that explores a human issue, contemporary or otherwise, will go to Reel Time: Isinulat sa Tubig (Reel Time: Forgotten Children of the Waves), from the Philippines. Produced by GMA News TV, this unique documentary uncovers the determination of the children of Matnog, a remote village in the Philippines, to receive the education that is, for them, their only way out of poverty. Rewarding a documentary that highlights a principle of international humanitarian law, the Press Prize of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) goes to Les Migrants Ne Savent Pas Nager (Aquarius, Rescue in Deadly Waters). Produced by France's Point Du Jour, the documentary centres on the humanitarian crisis taking place in Mediterranean waters, as two journalists witness the daily commitment of those aboard the Aquarius, a vessel chartered by SOS Méditerranée with the objective of saving the lives of those attempting to reach Europe. Television film Ein Teil Von Uns (Part of Us) will be awarded two honours at the Festival - the Prize of the Monaco Red Cross, recognizing a fiction program that demonstrates one of the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross, and the SIGNIS Prize: The Silver Dove, which highlights and promotes productions that use artistic and technical talent to create inspiring content that encourages reflection. Produced by Germany's Constantin Television GmbH, drama Ein Teil Von Uns centres on the story of Nadja as she is pulled back into a spiral of love, hate, responsibility, guilt and shame, when her mother, after years apart, comes back into her life. Laurent Puons commented, «I'm very pleased to announce this diverse selection of recipients for our Special Prizes in 2017. These coveted, long-standing awards offer a unique celebration of the extraordinary potential of television to uncover and explore important stories and issues that have strong relevance to a global audience». Further information on each Special Prize, as well as full details of the juries and winning programmes, is available online.