Silje Viki Poulsen
We the jury would like to express our gratitude to the Faroe Islands International Minority Film Festival for offering us the opportunity to experience such a strong selection of diverse, moving, informative and thought-provoking films.
We acknowledge the significance of the festival and its meaningful role in generating and strengthening the dialogue in the Faroe Islands concerning issues of the marginalized.
By screening these so-called “abnormal” films we celebrate, enjoy and praise how diverse and colourful our societies are.
We need to be able to live in a society where such films can be experienced and appreciated, without the fear of being judged, bullied, threatened or attacked.
This year the festival experienced attempts of sabotage, shockingly even from the Minister of Culture. Perhaps this fact highlights even further the need for a festival such as this one, which gives voice to the voiceless and marginalized, offering audiences an opportunity to broaden their perspectives, and even challenge their own prejudices.
Art and culture, after all, should do just that.
– A society without, would feel incomplete and inauthentic.
The recipient of the Main Award, is a great example of a film that gives us hope and faith in humanity.
But before we reveal the award, we would like to give an honorary mention to a film that led us into an interesting discussion about the taboos that affect LGBTQI communities. This is an intimate and compassionate story, told by a filmmaker who exercises restraint and complexity, both in his cinematography and narrative structure. The film tackles nuanced human relationships, solitude, and a desire that we are all so familiar with: a strong need for intimacy and mutual trust.
A dark, sexual undertone suggests a mood and an atmosphere, which is also underscored vocally in the final soundtrack: The torture of desire.
We would like to give this Honorary Mention to the film GRETA, directed by Armando Praça.
A brave and somewhat naive act by the filmmaker ignites a transition not only in herself and in the protagonist of her film, but also in us, the audience, and gives us reason to believe that a shared humanity does exist. The award-winning film sheds light on a global problem of a massive scale, that yet remains very much hidden.
To us it was deeply insightful to learn that the fate of the protagonist, mirrors the fate of tens of millions of people around the world who are victims of modern slavery.
We meet a woman psychologically broken, stripped of dignity and self-esteem, who has lost her freedom, as well as her family.
Yet, through the camera lens we get to know a woman who is so much more than a domestic slave. Her charm, warmth and intelligence, grows increasingly more apparent over the time she spends with the filmmaker, who gradually gives her hope for a better future.
We, the jury were immensely moved by the film, which confirmed our conviction that filmmaking can indeed make a difference.
The Award for Best Film goes to: A Woman Captured, by Bernadette Tuza-Ritter.
We are similarly grateful for the chance to view the diverse selection of quality short films that were screened at the festival. The jury deliberated and thoroughly discussed each film. Quite a few were very strong and compelling contenders for the Best Short Film, but in the end we decide to award only one – and a very worthy work of captivating art at that. The film in question offers an intimate journey into the distressing world and mind of a transgender woman trapped in her family home by her own parents.
Taking place in Georgia where lgbtqi are often targets of abuse and violence, actively encouraged by religious orthodox leaders, the film sheds light on circumstances of a woman torn between her desire for freedom and traditional expectations. The director artfully utilizes unconventional methods of filmmaking, both in terms of cinematography and sound design, painting a daring and original portrait.
The Best Short Film Award goes to Prisoner of Society, by Rati Tsiteladze.