The short film “Yaar” by the Belgian director Simon Gillard was awarded Best Ethno-anthropologist Film as well as the Syracuse University prize for Best Short Film. This was during the 55th International Documentary Film Festival in Florence. “Yaar” tells the story of a civilization, living in the heart of the Burkina Faso bush deep in the rocks, trying to find their future underground. Blind or maybe too seeing, the prospectors dig night and day, pushed on by the madness that leads a man to his death.
The jury for the Best Ethno-anthropologist Film praised “a sensitive, sensual and poetic exploration of the relationship between a people and their land, dangerously exploited”.
The jury of the Florence Syracuse University prize said “without needing dialogue, the hypnotic images capture the culture, work and art of a Burkina Faso community”.
These awards add to the Best Photography Award “Yaar” won during the International French-language Film Festival in Namur.
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Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)