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Indie Fest awards it’s 2011 Humanitarian Award to: Land Gold Women
A powerful film that hopes to raise awareness about honor killings.
Land Gold Women is a feature film that revolves around a small British-Asian family caught between their traditional past and the tumultuous, faction-driven present. They are caught between Eastern tradition, Western culture and political turbulence. At the core of the film is the relationship between father and daughter, and how the dynamics how the dynamics of it play out when the daughter decides to take her life into her own hands. This Anglo-Indian collaboration aims to highlight the problems of forced marriage and an honor crime; something that affects thousands of women in Britain and across the world, according to its writer and director. Read more: LINK
Indie Fest’s 2010 Annual Humanitarian Award goes to
Ted Unarce for his documentary, Modern Day Slaves
Indie Fest is pleased to present its annual humanitarian award to producer and director Ted Unarce for his feature documentary, Modern Day Slaves. The award is given to a filmmaker who uses film to address a pressing social issue. The film addresses the exploitation of overseas foreign workers by focusing on four Filipino workers in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
“I wondered, ‘how do these countries survive?’ I learned many of them use human labor as their number one export. It is a sort of white collar crime where many people in third world countries leave their countries to work elsewhere. Many of them are teachers, caregivers, doctors; people with engineering degrees, nursing degrees. They work in other countries as domestic helpers just to send money home so their families can eat.” Read more: LINK
Annual Humanitarian Award
Each year the Indie Fest grants a Humanitarian Award to a filmmaker(s) for dedicated service to social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues.
The Indie Fest Grants 2009 Annual Humanitarian Award.
It goes to Chris Taylor for his documentary, Food Fight
Do you know what you’re eating?
Food Fight is a fascinating 84-minute look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century; and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agri-business.
Taylor said, "Most people do not know where their food comes from, and when they see what industrial farming does to the food supply, they invariably head right to their nearest farmer’s market. The message of the film for me is that our food choices do matter, and that we have power in the selection of healthy, nutritious, and delicious food for our family. The amazing thing about this is that by doing the right thing, for the farmer, for the land, for our families, we also get to have a great dinner. Read more: LINK