Out of 267 films from 84 countries, SIMA’s high-profile jury of media and humanitarian industry experts awarded 10 winners and 6 Jury Prize recipients in the Documentary Film and Educational Impact Video categories. SIMA winners capture stories from Bangladesh, India, Australia, Canada, Nepal, Ethiopia, Haiti, Tanzania, Columbia, Ghana, Japan and the US.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY & BEST SOUND EDITING:
THE WELL – WATER VOICES FROM ETHIOPIA
Directed by: Riccardo Russo, Paolo Barberi
Script: Riccardo Russo, Paolo Barberi, Mario Michelini
Photography: Riccardo Russo, Paolo Barberi
Editing: Andrea CIacci, Federico Schiavi
Color correction and titles: Gabriele Gianni
Sound editing: Gianluca Stazi
producted by Esplorare La Metropoli, Suttvuess
2011 | Ethiopia | Italy | 56 min
Ogni anno, quando la stagione secca è al culmine, i pastori Borana si raccolgono con tutti gli animali attorno ai loro secolari pozzi cantanti.
Pozzi centenari scavati a mano nella roccia e gestiti con il lavoro volontario dei pastori, permettono la sopravvivenza di questa popolazione e del loro bestiame nei lunghi periodi di siccità annuale. C’è una regola non scritta nella gestione dei pozzi secondo cui a nessuno possa esserne impedito l’accesso. Come se in questa remota regione del pianeta l’acqua assurga a simbolo di elemento unificante e pacificatore persino tra gruppi di etnie differenti, spesso in conflitto tra loro.
Il documentario segue le vicende che ruotano attorno alle attività degli antichi pozzi di Erder nel corso di una lunga stagione secca fino all’arrivo delle tanto attese piogge annuali.
Ogni giorno i pastori più giovani si dispongono a formare catene umane per raggiungere le profondità dei pozzi e portare l’acqua in superficie. Il loro lavoro è scandito da un canto che emerge e si spande nell’aria fino a raggiungere le grandi mandrie che si avvicinano lentamente per abbeverarsi dopo giorni di cammino in una terra secca e polverosa. In questo periodo il pozzo si eleva a piccolo sistema sociale restituendoci un’idea del delicato equilibrio del rapporto tra uomo e natura che regola la sopravvivenza delle popolazioni pastorali di questa parte del mondo in un’epoca storica caratterizzata da profondi sconvolgimenti climatici e importanti alterazioni del ciclo naturale delle piogge.
Mentre in tutto il mondo sono in atto interventi per un controllo privato delle risorse idriche e l’accesso all’acqua potabile non è ancora considerato un diritto fondamentale dell’uomo, i Borana meritano una particolare attenzione per la loro straordinaria capacità di garantire un accesso generale e indiscriminato ai loro pozzi in una delle regioni più aride della terra abitata.
This is the Horn of Africa, a region of the world that is periodically shocked by terrible droughts. Each year to prepare for the coming drought, Borana herders will gather their livestock and walk for days to the dry Oromia Lowlands (South of Ethiopia) to retrieve water from their secular astonishing “singing” wells. With its strong photography and its epic narration, the film follows their life during a whole dry season, showing a unique traditional water management system that regulates what water is available as the property and right of everyone, without any money being exchanged.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Best Cinematography & Best Sound Editing (Documentary Feature), SIMA 2013
2nd Prize for Documentary and Journalistic films -28° Agrofilm Festival, Nitra, Slovak Republik
02- Special Prize Benedetto Senni for sustainable development and food sovereignty in Africa – 5° Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Bologna, Italy
Special Award of the Festival Organization – Rome Docscient Festival, Italy
Best Film, Human Rights Award – III Festival Internacional Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain
Prix du Film Sauvegarde de l’Environnent Ushuaia TV et Parc naturel regional
du Vercors – 28ème Festival International Du Film Montagne d’Autrans
Honorary Mention – ThisHumanWorld Film Festival, Wien, Austria
Special Mention of the Jury – Quintessence – Festival International du Film de Ouidah, Bénin
Special Mention – 6° Festival de Cine Politico Social y de los Derechos Humanos, Valparaiso, Chile
Centro Incontri Umani Award -Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany
Best Film – Acquadoc International Film Festival Award, Perugia, Italy
Grand Prix of the festival -XVIII Envirofilm Festival, Banksa Bystrica, Slovak Republic
Legambiente Special Mention – XV Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy
Best Documentary -20° Arcipelago Film Festival, Rome, Italy
Premio per il miglior report sulle condizioni ambientali di un luogo -Festival Lo sguardo di Omero, Melendugno (Br), Italy
Miglior Documentario.Clorofilla Film Festival, Italy
1st prizee – The Humane Image Competition, 4th BIFF Baghdad International Film Festival, Iraq
Prix Coup de Cœur – Festival du Film, Pastoralismes et Grands Espaces, Lagrange, France
Award for Best Feature – Environmental Preservation – 9th Annual Artivist Film Festival, Holliwood, USA
Miglior Film – FIDRA (Festival Internazionale del Documentario Reportage Ambientale, Arenzano (GE), Italy
Green Jury Award – FIDRA (Festival Internazionale del Documentario Reportage Ambientale, Arenzano (GE), Italy
Premio del Pubblico: L’Occhio del Pavone – FIDRA (Festival Internazionale del Documentario Reportage Ambientale, Arenzano (GE), Italy
Miglior Mediometraggio Tuttinellostessopiatto, Trento, Italy
Most Awarded Italian Documentary produced in 2011 -Cinemaitaliano
SIMA is an annual international documentary and educational impact media competition honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industry. Our objective is to champion and promote the stories of independent filmmakers, aid organizations and grassroots change-makers that too often remain overlooked, and to provide a springboard for creative media that exemplifies excellence in its potential to inspire change.
“All winning films stand out in their creative approach to impact storytelling, in their ability to advance the dialogue on human rights and humanitarian development, in their potential to inspire awareness, compassion and social transformation, and to ignite a deeper understanding of how global issues affect the everyday lives of people and societies around the world. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to see so many inspirational and educational works in our first year of the competition and look forward to sharing such powerful films with global audiences through our travelling series and programs”, says SIMA Executive Director Daniela Kon.
“It was an honor to participate on the jury of this inaugural program. These films exemplify the power of cinema to create social change. SIMA is a terrific platform to generate more awareness for such projects and their related causes; and CineCause is proud to support the efforts,” says juror and CineCause founder Jon Fitzgerald.
“In just its first year SIMA curated an unbelievable collection of films — both in the pure beauty of the films and in the depth of their message/impact. Daniela (SIMA Executive Director) has set a high standard, but one I know she will be able to maintain in the years ahead. This is just the beginning. SIMA truly scored the planet for stories that need to be told, about problems that need to be solved — and found them”, says juror and President of Creative Visions Foundation, Trevor Hall.
SIMA 2013 JUDGES
Daniela Kon (Executive Director & Producer, DEEDA Productions/SIMA)
Daniela Kon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with expertise in global humanitarian development. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she has worked with aid organizations in Cambodia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Liberia and Senegal since 2005, creating documentaries and advocacy media about humanitarian and human rights issues. Her film credits range from the award winning documentary TALIBE, the United Nations FAO Ending Hunger Campaign and the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), to collaborations with grassroots initiatives in Education, Voluntourism, Youth Leadership, Girls and Women’s Empowerment, Water Management, Children’s Rights, and Modern-day Slavery. Kon is a member of the Creative Activist Community of Creative Visions Foundation and a freelance consultant for social impact media productions and non-profits, while her films screen at educational and cultural institutions worldwide.
Trevor Hall (President & CEO, Creative Visions Foundation)
Trevor Hall is an experienced educator, writer, business consultant and the president of Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit incubator that provides tools, mentorship and resources to Creative Activists using media, arts and technology to solve global problems. Trevor founded Open Roads Creative, a business development consultancy, and Open Roads Academy, a month-long summer program for low-income high school students that combines outdoor travel with an immersion in the documentary arts. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University where he was the Head Teaching Fellow of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor Dr. Robert Coles and the recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of his three years at Harvard. Trevor also served as the Associate Editor of DoubleTake Magazine, and as a Director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program (CSCIP), where he managed corporate partner programs, establishing relationships with companies such as, Motorola, The Boeing Company, and United Airlines. Among other programs at CSCIP, Trevor initiated and managed CSCIP’s Genographic Project, uniting National Geographic with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.
Andrew McGregor (Journalist & Filmmaker, Founder of The Tiziano Project)
Andrew McGregor is a filmmaker, comic book publisher, film festival founder, chess boxing champion, photojournalist, TEDx speaker, and founder of The Tiziano Project, an NGO that teaches citizen journalism to people living in conflict zones and neglected parts of the world. By providing equipment, training and affiliations necessary, The Tiziano Project allows community members to report their stories and improve their lives. Training programs have been held in areas all over the world including Rwanda, Somalia, DR Congo, Iraq, slums of Kenya, South Central LA, and beyond.
Jon Fitzgerald (Director & Author, Exec. Director of Hollywood Film Festival)
Jon Fitzgerald has over 20 years of experience in the motion picture business with a comprehensive understanding of the principal communities connected by the independent film sector- film festivals, online movie exhibition and the entertainment industry at large. After working in production on a number of studio features, Fitzgerald directed his first film in 1994, and then co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival in 1995. He directed the event for the next two years before becoming the Festival Director at the American Film Institute and then the Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi International Film Festivals. He was a VP of Programming for IFILM.com, where he helped to create a new online exhibition model, before launching Right Angle Studios, a consulting firm that provided services to film festivals and indie filmmakers. After directing several critically acclaimed documentaries, (The Back Nine, The Highest Pass Dance Of Liberation). Fitzgerald launched CineCause.com, a company devoted to connecting socially relevant films to related causes. In 2012, Fitzgerald authored his first book, Filmmaking For Change: Make Films that Transform the World.
Enat Sidi (Academy Nominated Editor)
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Enat Sidi is now one of the leading editors in the documentary film world. She is a frequent collaborator with directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, having edited most of their nonfiction feature films including “The Boys of Baraka” (2005 Emmy nominee), “Jesus Camp: (2006 Academy Award nominee), HBO’s 12th & Delaware (Peabody winner) and most recently DETROPIA for which Enat won the editing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Enat has worked on many prestigious films for a myriad of diverse filmmakers including Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal”) and Jennifer Vendiiti (“Billy the Kid”). She recently acted as the consulting editor on “Bully,” the high profile doc released in 2012 by the Weinstein Company. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Darius Fisher (Producer & Filmmaker)
Darius Fisher is the producer, founder and president of Digital Neural Axis (DNA) a production and post boutique based in Los Angeles. Darius’ work has been Oscar short-listed and featured at Tribeca, Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival. He produced and co-produced 6 award winning documentary features including, Bhutto (Emmy nominee, Peabody winner), Fuel (Sundance winner), The Big Fix (Cannes official selection), and numerous trailers, including the funding trailer that led to the financing of James Cameron’s Avatar.
Kimberley Hassett (Editor)
Kimberley Hassett provides years of experience in editing documentary and films. She began her career alongside Enat Sidi, an Academy Nominated editor. She has worked with such accomplished people as Lawrence Weiner, Kristin Oppenheim, Shimon Attie and most recently Henry Corra on “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan,” which premiered at Silverdocs in 2010 and was an inaugural film for DOC NYC. Other films that Kimberley has worked on have been featured at the Whitney Museum and Deutsche Guggenheim. In 2011, she edited the award-winning documentary ‘Talibe-The Least Favored Children of Senegal’ for Deeda Productions, and in 2012, her work in the Nepalese film “Highway” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Kimberley is currently editing another feature length documentary with Director Henry Corra.
Kristi Manning (Development Consultant)
For more than 15 years, Kristi Manning has been dedicated to help maximize humanitarian relief efforts, working as a consultant, field operations manager, project director, and international event organizer for non-profits worldwide. She combines expertise in both institutional aid and grassroots initiatives, providing support in fundraising, planning, implementation and monitoring of local and global development programs. Manning is the co-founder of The Next Right Thing, non-profit connecting critically ill or injured children from developing nations with free medical treatment and transport. Her clients include Dubai Cares, The Starbright Foundation, Carrie-On, Paul Newman’s Painted Turtle Camp, and the Strongheart Fellowship.
Jennifer Lentfer (Development Consultant & Writer)
Jennifer Lentfer works to place grassroots-driven development initiatives, which can be more genuinely responsive to local needs, at the forefront of international aid, philanthropy, and social enterprise. She is the creator of the blog, how-matters.org, and was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter.” Lentfer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, focused on organizational development and learning. Over the past decade, she has served with various international organizations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, and the U.S. including Oxfam, American Red Cross, Firelight Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and UNICEF.
Daniela Papi (Development Consultant)
Daniela Papi is the founder of youth leadership and education organization, PEPY CAMBODIA, and PEPY Tours, a travel company devoted to learning opportunities in the development sector. She completed her MBA as a Skoll Scholar at Oxford’s Said Business School and works as an adviser for NGOs, foundations & CSR programs. Daniela has received numerous awards from such institutes as the Notre Dame’s Social Venture Business Plan committee, National Geographic, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and the Cartier Women’s Initiative. She is a TEDx Speaker and active writer about voluntourism and development challenges on her blog, Lessons I Learned.
Maryann Bylander, PHD (Educator & Development Consultant)
Maryann Bylander received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas. She is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London where she teaches on issues of development, globalization, inequality, and migration. Maryann has worked with several NGOs in Southeast Asia, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for PEPY, an educational development organization in Cambodia.