This month’s winners include:
● Creativity Award: Make America Safe. Directed by Blanche Baker. Make America Safe is a musical send-up of the 2nd Amendment. What if in the next few years citizens were required to carry weapons in order to ensure the safety of the public? What if the motto “If everyone is armed there will be no more crime” became the law of the land? This movie musical takes a sardonic look at this possible future. Using the premise of a news commentary show, the film examines the kind of scenarios that could arise in this world. With music composed by Andy Peterson it sheds light on the rationales that could lead to such a future. In the end, it is students who question the validity of rights trumping reason. Watch the trailer here.
● Storytelling Award: Welcome to the King Family. Directed by Zach King. This is the true story of how Zach and his wife began their adventure in Foster Care and how they started their family a few years ago.
● Storytelling Award: White Rope. By Mriidu Khosla. White Rope is a rescue story of Keme - a slaughterhouse goat, by an innocent boy who is yet to understand the concept of religion, god and sacrifices in a country like India, where communities are closely bound to their cultural roots, not knowing much of the deteriorating impact it has on nature.
● Cinematography Award: The Other Half. Directed by Lalith Rathnayake. In a rural village in Sri Lanka, the family well becomes poisoned by agricultural chemicals. This subsequently leads to the untimely death of Ruwansiri's father who develops chronic kidney disease, leaving his mother works to support the family. At school, he struggles to understand his lessons in a rigid educational system that cannot go beyond rote learning. As an escape from the toxic environment around him, Ruwansiri finds solace in music. Can his passion help him overcome his circumstances? Watch the trailer here.
● Social Impact Award: LIST(e)N. Directed by Juliana Tafur. With hatred and polarization on the rise around the world, LIST(e)N invites people with complex personal stories and contrasting views on the topics of immigration, abortion and guns to get to know each other. Can complete opposites put their differences aside, listen to each other and connect at a human level? In a true social experiment that develops in front of our lens, the film captures participants putting their judgment, hatred and finger pointing to rest. Could understanding why people believe what they believe shake up our perception, open up our hearts and lead to understanding? Watch the trailer here.