2015-Gaia Student Awards, Indigenous Life – Right to Lift
United Kingdom/France, 2015, 40′
Editing: Neil Lenthall
Photography: Benjamin Huguet
Music: Antonio Nardi
Sound: Rob Malone
Halk Eğitim Merkezi, Thursday 13:00- 15:00
Synopsis: “The Faroe Islands, a remote group of wildly beautiful islands, battered by the ever-changing weather patterns of the North Atlantic. It is a community in transition, connected to the modern world and its technology, yet also a place where people and nature are linked in ways they have been for generations. For centuries the Faroese have lived proudly off the natural resources that surround them – a pact between mankind and the wilderness based on balance and self-sustainability.
True to their traditional customs, the modern Faroese continue to hunt the pilot whales. This non-commercial, but controversial practice has long been under the scrutiny of western society, and now the International NGO Sea Shepherd announces its biggest anti-whaling campaign to date. The clash between these two opposing ecological visions could well change the face of the archipelago forever.”
Director: “A French native, Benjamin holds a Political Science undergraduate degree from the Malaga University in Spain and a Journalism Master’s Degree in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism in Bordeaux.
In 2009, Benjamin moved to the Middle East, working as a freelance journalist, photographer and news cameraman. While in Israel, he covered stories related to religious phenomena, local history, French diplomatic current affairs and the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. His work has been published in French and International media such as l’Express, Le Monde, the Haaretz, the Agence France Presse and the Wostok Press photo agency.
As a documentary filmmaker Benjamin directed and produced several award winning films that question the relationship between natural resources, history and the creation of cultural identities, working in Kosovo, the Palestinian West Bank, the United Kingdom and in France.
“The Archipelago” is his first medium-length film.”
Winner of the Best Student Film Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015