November 11, 2015
On the evening of November 6, 2015, International “Gold Panda” Documentary Awards Ceremony was held in Chengdu. As one of the main activities of 2015 International “Gold Panda” Documentary Festival, the awards review of this year had received 917 eligible works from 41 countries and regions.
The reporter of NEWSSC.ORG learned that after the fierce competition during the preliminary review and the final review, 27 works from 11 countries and regions won the awards for three categories, namely anthropology, society as well as nature & environment. These award-winning documentaries are produced by filmmakers from China, Israel, Germany, South Korea, the United States, France, Australia, Austria, South Africa, United Kingdom and New Zealand respectively. The award-winning works of China represent the documentary production level of our country in the past two years; the overseas award-winning works not only are representative of their countries and regions, but also stand for the latest production concepts and methods as well as development trend of the international documentary film industry while reflecting the diversified standards and requirements for the release and airing of documentaries in the international market.
In the category of society, it is reported that the works that won the Grand Prize is A Biz Date with the World produced by China’s CCTV. Producers of this film went deep into 12 countries including China, the United States, Italy, Japan, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Qatar, Kenya, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Argentina and traveled across Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Antarctica to record the true stories of more than 120 Chinese engaged in different sectors. The documentary depicts the living status of the Chinese in the context of globalization and demonstrates their understanding of the world, wealth and dreams with bountiful real and vivid details as well as dynamic and youthful visual language. The jury believes that through depiction of all kinds of “businessmen” from a variety of aspects, this work reflects the rapid development and diversification of the Chinese society against the background of globalization. It has both vivid details and macroscopic perspectives, thus it deserves to be called a rare documentary masterpiece.
The work that won the Best Long Documentary is Partner with the Enemy from Israel. The film tells about two women who come from Israel and Palestine respectively and attempt to fulfill an impossible task of joint entrepreneurship against the Israeli-Palestinian political background full of ongoing conflicts. The jury believes that this documentary reflects people’s desire for and pursuit of a better life and peaceful world by revealing a big picture through small details.
The work that won the Best Short Documentary is A Staggering Life from China. In 2014, almost overnight, Yu Xiuhua became a household name on the internet. All of a sudden, she had to deal with those journalists swarming in and did all sorts of odd interviews and programs. Though in a quite embarrassing and weird situation, she remained exceptionally calm and sober. By presenting Yu Xiuhua’s daily life and narratives from her parents and relatives, this documentary manages to display the true side of this female poet. The jury thinks that although this film tells the story of a disabled and grassroots poetess who rocketed to fame, but it is not an inspirational film. The dream, anguish and pursuit of the poetess manifest that one’s ranking on the social hierarchy does not correspond to one’s spiritual realm, that is to say, low social status can also give birth to a noble soul. Whether famous or not, a poet is always a poet.
The Best Documentary Series goes to How China Works produced by China Intercontinental Communication Center. The documentary focuses on China’s new economic, scientific and technological as well as social changes going on in the three major fields of urbanization, technology and innovation as well as people’s livelihood and vision to present a rising China that keeps forging ahead. The jury contends that this documentary shows the rapid development and dramatic changes of China from multiple perspectives. Although its subject is not new, but its shooting style is original. The shots of the host run through the documentary in an experiential manner, which adds to the vivacity of the film without lessening its depth. The film adopts not only an international perspective, but also a brand-new perspective.
In the category of anthropology, the Grand Prize goes to an American work named The World Wars. The film spans three decades and clearly showcases the historical context of the two world wars with a grand story structure. In the grand narrative, the important figures in the two world wars appears in the film successively. The film is a profound reflection on the two world wars that established the world order through vivid details, realistic scene representation and awesome scenarios, thus it can be called a world-class great production.
The work that won the Best Long Documentary is Food Odyssey 2: Taste of Fire from South Korea. This documentary illustrates history of cooking with fire from “flame grill”, to barbecue that attempts to achieve the ideal taste for human. It also examines the history of cooking involving the ways to control fire for cooking since the introduction of cooking oil and reconstruct the “history of cooking, in accordance with the Fire’ controlled”. Human evolve around ‘How we come to develop a culinary culture through the fire. The fire to create a taste that adds mysterious to food is a focus for this documentary.
The work that won the Best Short Documentary is Hammer and ChuangTzu from China. The work demonstrates the experience of three young men searching for marginalized creators from the underclass of the society. The persistence and adamancy as well as optimism and calm of the underclass people deeply touched the hearts of the young people. This work is characterized by attention to nobodies and civilians’ perspectives. By digging the suffering and hardship hidden in the ordinary life and the flowers of art blooming within the tenacious vitality, this documentary seems to be dull, but it has a tremendous appeal.
The Best Documentary Series goes to a Chinese work titled Once Upon a Time in Bussière’s Garden. It is about a garden, a hundred years of history and a story of a pair of incredible lovers. When the dust of history is brushed off, we can see a multitude of influential Chinese and foreign historical figures make appearances in the garden. Compact structure design, realistic scene representation and unraveling narrative style make the film full of creativity. It is a vivid and wonderful legend portraying the French and Chinese civilizations.
In the category of nature & environment, the work that won the Grand Prize is The Kangaroo King. This is a wonderful story about the red kangaroo. The film tells a tortuous and gripping story about the kangaroo king with vivid and fresh visual language and a unique and new performance perspective and in a fascinating and enchanting manner. The narrative rhythm well-knit with tension and relaxation, the distinctive images of animals and the interesting and amusing storyline of the film rock people’ minds and touch their hearts.
The winner of the Best Long Documentary is a British work titled Life Story. This documentary gives a lifelike and skillful portrayal of the strength and wisdom burst forth from the animals struggling for survival in the treacherous and intricate nature. Dramatic plots and exciting scenes give an impressive account of a vibrant and interesting life story.
The winner of the Best Short Documentary is a Chinese work titled Tibetan Fox. The film crew spent two years on the Dzachuka Prairie in Sichuan Shiqu, where is over 4,500 meters above sea level. This film is the first to record a Tibetan Fox family in the wild. Large quantity of scenes including how they avoid dangers, how they find burrows, how they hunt and how they protect territory reveal the mystery of how the Tibetan Fox coexist with other wild animals on the Tibetan Plateau.