The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards announced yesterday: their Grand Jury selected Light House’s film Better Than Bagdad as winner of their Bronze World Medal! This is the third-highest honor at the festival. You can watch the short film here.
This is the 56th year of the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards and this year they received film entries from over 50 countries, making this one of the most well-known and widely respected film festivals in the world. The lead filmmaker of this documentary is Light House student Reid Hildebrand and the subject is International Rescuee Committee participant, Majed Alsruar.
Hildbrand, who is now studying at Wesleyan University, is thrilled Better Than Baghdad won the Bronze World Medal – especially considering the strong competition from across the globe (other film finalists came from South Africa, India, Taiwan, and other countries). Hildebrand says:
Better Than Baghdad turned out to be much more than a film – it opened a dialogue on a part of the world and a part of humanity that is underreported and misrepresented by the media and popular attention. A dialogue not just between Majed and myself, but between Majed and everyone who chooses to watch this film.
We’re thrilled that Majed is able to share his story of living in a refugee camp with the world through the powerful medium of film.