The winners of Stories from the Field, the Third Annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival were announced on 22 April in New York. Ingenious Africa: Sustaining Africa (Episode 5) won the Bronze Award (3rd place).
The documentary filmed in South Africa tells the story of water that forms the basis of all that we are and everything we do. Some parts of Africa are desperately short of clean water or sometimes have no water at all, while others suffer from an over-abundance. When need meets with a spirit of innovation, the results can be truly amazing in their simple design for maximum effectiveness.
SABC Education commissioning editor Masetha Serakoana says: “This acknowledgment is dedicated to the late Johan Venter who passed away just before the show was broadcast last year. Johan was commissioning editor for Ingenious Africa.’
The winning episode, directed by Robin Newell was selected from 209 films submitted by countries all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Honduras, India, Kenya, New Guinea, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom and United States.
Stories from the Field originated in 2004 when the United Nations entered its 60th year. Its mission is to screen films that reflect the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which pledge to; eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality & empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV and Aids, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development.
“The festival spotlights the world beyond our borders, revealing the day to day realities of millions in the developing world. The films screened show how ordinary people are working to make the world a better place, and this criteria fits Ingenious Africa exactly,’ concludes Masetha.