A Washington-based documentary film association awarded a special prize to a Vietnamese film, last Friday.
The Connect4Climate documentary competition declared that “The Change
,” a documentary made by filmmakers Ha Uyen, Huong Tra, Quang Dung and Quang Phuc, offered a touching portrayal of the impact of climate change on the young residents of a coastal community in Vietnam.
“Tinau”, a documentary that explores the grave concerns of small island nations such as Kiribati from UK/Kiribati producer Victoria Burns took the same special prize, while the award also chose 10 young film crews from 10 countries as other winners of the competition.
“These talented young filmmakers connect to their audience in emotional and powerful ways about the dangers of climate change. They have done serious, important work, which shows that climate change could result in a world that is unrecognizable today, and that we need to act now to protect the planet for future generations,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group.
The Action4Climate competition was launched in early 2014 by Connect4Climate (www.connect4climate.org), the global climate change communications program. It attracted hundreds of entries from all around the world. Italian film director and screenwriter, Bernardo Bertolucci, chaired a renowned jury of filmmakers tasked with choosing winners.
“We were amazed by the originality of the stories and the genuine concern shown by these young filmmakers about the effects of climate change. They described the effects of climate change from hundreds of different points of view. Selecting winners was an almost impossible task,” said Bernardo Bertolucci, Academy Award and Golden Globe Winning Director.
The winning films can all be viewed at www.Action4Climate.org.