Congratulations 2010 Winners!
Ethiopia | Indonesia | Spain | Iran | Nepal | Colombia
Yared Shumete, Ethiopia
Yared Shumete was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He began his career in film as an editor for a short movie in 2003, and he has also written short movie scripts.
Shumete founded the Alatinos Filmmakers Association with fellow filmmakers in 2004 and currently serves as its president. The film association educates young filmmakers through weekly training and discussion programs and works to improve the current conditions for filmmaking in Ethiopia.
Shumete says his entry for the 2010 Democracy Video Challenge, Democracy is Fair Play, was inspired by a talk with a friend in which he concluded, “Even if you are not on the top, you are still in the game.”
Adhyatmika sees film as a medium that transcends geography, race and age.
Born in Jakarta, Adhyatmika is a graduate of the Puttnam School of Film, Lasalle College of The Arts in Singapore. He developed a passion for filmmaking while still in high school and his work has since been featured at international film festivals.
Intrigued by the Democracy Video Challenge topic, Adhyatmika said democracy is a subjective term that is not easily defined. He “played around” with the idea and “created a rather surreal satirical comedy about democratic life in Indonesia….Democracy is not a thing,” he said, “it’s a process.”
Joel Marsden, Spain
Joel Marsden is a writer, producer and director who has worked on television and film projects in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
His works include the feature film Ill-Gotten Gains, about an uprising aboard an illegal American slave ship in 1869, and the feature documentary film World Vote Now, which deals with the construction of the first global democratic system.
“For the last eight years I have been actively collaborating with an international team of democracy activists with the goal of constructing the first World Vote, where every man and every woman on the planet can have an equal voice. The Democracy Video Challenge offers a great opportunity to spread our message of global democracy,” he says.
Farbod Khoshtinat, Iran
Farbod Khoshtinat describes himself as “an artist, an Iranian filmmaker and a 21-year-old freedom fighter.”
“I believe that one of the greatest things about art is that it gives us the ability to see, imagine and feel things in a certain way,” he says. Khoshtinat says he was motivated to participate in the Democracy Video Challenge because he wanted “to give the opportunity to people around the world to see how democracy is practiced in my country,” as visualized through art.
Anup Poudel, Nepal
Anup Poudel is the son of a politician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He credits his father’s involvement in three democratic movements in Nepal with inspiring him to create his entry for the 2010 Democracy Video Challenge. “The internal conflict in Nepal, political instability and several crises have degraded the sovereignty of the people. Therefore, I used this video to unite the people for this mutual goal,” he says.
The 20-year-old Poudel says he has always had a passion for film and arts. “Filmmaking gives me two wings to fly through my imagination,” he says. Poudel is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in film studies and has made a number of other films, including a prize-winning one on climate change called My Green Home.
Juan Pablo Patiño Arévalo, Colombia
Juan Pablo Patiño Arévalo is a visual arts professional at the Javeriana University of Bogotá who has studied at the School of Cinema and Television in Cuba and the National University of Bogotá.
His works include Los Fantasmas Del Palacio (The Ghosts Of The Justice) (2007) about the takeover of the Justice Palace in Colombia by the guerrilla group M19, Justos X Pecadores (Just For Sinners) (2008) about animal rights in Colombia and Osos Abandonados (Lost Innocence) (2009) about war children in Colombia.
His documentaries have been screened at film festivals in Colombia, Brazil and the Czech Republic.