One week into this year’s Atlas Awards screenings, the Official Selection continues to push the boundaries of method, expression, and documenting: Featured films include the feature documentary film Baobabs between Land and Sea and the short films Where Are You My Love? and I, You, We. Baobabs between Land and Sea has screened internationally in film festivals, has been featured in news outlets such as RFI (Radio France Internationale), and has received awards for its documenting of environmental crisis, its message of wildlife conservation, and its unique blend of science and travel narrative. The film’s director is Cyrille Cornu, a researcher at CIRAD, ‘the French agricultural research and international cooperation organisation working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions’. Cornu’s work has led him to travel to many countries, and for the last 6 years he has focussed on the baobabs of Madagascar, becoming one of the world’s leading specialists. Each year, he organises unique expeditions that use local traditional transport to access the heart of isolated forests that are home to the baobabs and that are currently threatened by deforestation. In Baobabs between Land and Sea, Cyrille Cornu and Wilfried Ramahafaly travel by pirogue, exploring 400 kilometers of wild and isolated coastline in the southwest of Madagascar. | Where Are You My Love? premiered at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and tells the story of two transgender friends making their livings as sex workers: the film is based on true stories and played by real transgender sex workers. | I, You, We is a film out of Tehran by award-winning Iranian filmmaker Ali Erfan Farhadi. With playful innocence and sharp criticism, the short narrative concisely echoes the environmental call of Baobabs between Land and Sea — in a different context.
Baobabs between Land and Sea — 55 minutes (France)
Where Are You My Love? (Nerdesin Askim?) — 20 minutes (Turkey)
I, You, We — 1 minute (Iran)
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