S Santiago de Compostela, August 29, 2020. The International Ethnographic Film Festival of the Museo do Pobo Galego presented the 15th edition awards today. The documentary The season when velvet antlers get ripe, by the Russian director Galina Leontieva won the award for Best Ethnographic Film: «For the immersion capacity that the film transmits from a careful and suggestive cinematographic work. For the brilliant representation of a context that generates a reflection, starting from the production of deer velvet, to reveal its global relationships ».
The Jury, integrated for Jorge Moreno (anthropologist, filmmaker and director of Maps of Memory); Iván Cuevas (journalist, philologist and member of the Cineclube de Compostela) and Xisela Franco (filmmaker, documentary filmmaker and teacher), also decided to make a special mention of Roger Horn’s documentary Research / Souvenir (Dialogues) for the «use of a language that It allows us to rethink the archive material to deconstruct certain established views ».
On the other hand, the award for the Best Galician Ethnographic Film went to Hamada, by Eloy Domínguez Serén. The jury highlighted her “cinematographic gaze with which she makes an empathetic and profound portrait of the reality that a generation of young people lives in the Saharawi refugee camps.”
For its anthropological depth, holistic overview and vocation for commitment, the Galician Anthropology Association awarded to Une nouvelle ère, by Boris Svartzman for being a documentary “of incredible ethnographic sensitivity that portrays, in a dense and deep way, the complexities of forced displacement processes in contemporary China. The documentary expertly reveals the effects of the dynamics of capitalism and globalization on the ways of life and subsistence of the protagonists, from an intimate and sensitive approach to their sense of the world, ways of subsistence and repertoires of mobilization and resistance. The AGANTRO Jury, which was formed by Bibiana Martínez, Carlos Diz and Joan Roura, also decided to make a special mention of Hamada, by the Galician director Eloy Domínguez Serén.
Finally, the Audience Award of this 15th edition of the MICEmpg to Dende que chegou á luz [Since the light came] by Santiago Teijelo. A short film that takes us on a journey through the oral tradition of rural Galicia with the help of Carmen, who tells us stories about her culture and society, full of customs and folklore.
Sponsors Concello de Santiago, a Deputación Provincial da Coruña, a Axencia Galega de Industrias Culturais (AGADIC) e Xunta de Galicia.
- Best Ethnographic Film (endowed with 1000 euros, diploma and trophy): The season when velvet antlers get ripe, by Russian Galina Leontieva.
- Special mention to the documentary Research / Souvenir (Dialogues), by Roger Horn.
- Best Galician Film (endowed with 700 euros, diploma and trophy): Hamada, by Eloy Domínguez Serén.
- AGANTRO Prize (endowed with 500 euros and trophy): Une nouvelle ère, by Boris Svartzman.
- Audience Award for Dende que chegou á luz [Since the light came] by Santiago Teijelo.