“A portrait of determination, commitment, strength and hope emerges,” Ms. Miranda said of the documentary by the Ghanaian filmmaker, and added, “The jury particularly appreciated that, through the testimonies collected, the desire for family, education, deep ties with the community and proactive engagement in one's daily life was highlighted.”
The jury also deemed the video documentary, “Kandia” by Jean Hamado Tiemtoré, deserving of a special mention.
Ms. Miranda said that Mr. Hamado, a young artistic director, born in Burkina Faso and living in Lecce in Southern Italy, expressed a desire to show a different kind of relationship between migrants and natives in the documentary.
“The jury appreciated the hopeful look at local society, through the narration of a concrete and original experience of coexistence and integration. The author’s desire to show a different kind of relationship between 'migrants' and 'natives' than the one proposed by the media is effectively and poetically portrayed,” she said.
The HAI official said that with the “Communicating Africa” award, the Catholic entity wishes to offer opportunities for dialogue and greater knowledge of the realities of “Africa as a Continent of bursting vitality and a place of a thousand nuances, but unfortunately images of war, poverty and backwardness still prevail.”
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The award ceremony of the competition will take place in Rome, on Friday, September 30, at 4 p.m., at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (PUSC).
The event, which is supported by REDANI, Signis Services Rome, Further Africa and Vado in Africa, is part of a three-day Symposium to mark HAI’s 20th anniversary. Others on the program are Banca Popolare di Sondrio, On The Road TV, and HappyChild.
HAI, a project created on the occasion of the canonization of founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaría Escrivá, is celebrating 20 years of “commitment to international solidarity” and “the start of concrete initiatives that will take place over the coming years,” the foundation shared with ACI Africa.
The Symposium will see authoritative personalities involved in various development projects from around the world identify innovative and common responses to the most current challenges.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.