Finalists and Winner of the Contest “Food&Water: International short film festival on sustainability”

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GIURATIUN SDSN Mediterranean and Visionaria International Film Festival presented at the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2015 an event entitled: “Food & Water: International short film festival on sustainability”

A series of 10 short films on the theme Food & Water, finalists of the Visionaria International competition, have been viewed by the public of Expo in Milan and judged by a jury composed by Prof. Riccaboni (Chair of the SDSN Mediterranean), Claudio Rossi (Professor of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, University of Siena) and Carlo Emilio Sapia (photographer and filmmaker).

The winner  short film is:  “Parvaneha End – Butterflies  (Iran, 2014) of ADNAN ZANDI.

“Parvaneha End – Butterflies” is a courageous film on the delicate issue of the right of women to breastfeeding in a country where censorship morale is still too strong and violent.

The announcement was made  on August 27 at the Expo 2015 at the Italian Pavilion during the “Food & Water  International Short Film Festival on Sustainability”.

Watch the winner short film:

Parvaneha End - Butterflies by Adnan Zandi (Iran, 3,11)

The winner film was awarded among three short films  selected by the jury condidering which  production  most effectively sensitize audience about sustainability issues regarding food and water.

The three finalists were:

  • “Parvaneha End – Butterflies” by Adnan Zandi (Iran, 2014);
  • Dinner for few” by Nassos Vakalis (USA, 2014), a small cinematographic masterpiece that highlights the well-oiled mechanisms of our society through a fierce criticism to the “system”;
  • “Daily Lydia” by Marco Zuin (Tanzania – Italy, 2014) a real gem, a mute film showing the fatigue of a mother of 4 children to send them to school in a distant village, find wood to warm them and food to eat.

See a short presentation of the three short films finalists at the following link:

The comment of  the Chair Prof. Angelo Riccaboni:

“We are proud to have brought our contribution to Expo 2015.  Our university with its long-standing commitment on the issues of sustainable development and through the active coordinating role of the United Nations project SDSN Mediterranean is fully in line with the contents promoted by the Universal Exhibition in Milan.
I am convinced that the University and research have the specific mission to promote knowledge and innovation to improve living conditions of the people and the advancement of society. Now more than ever the agrifood in the Mediterranean basin represents a key sector that, through concrete solutions offered by research, could give an important contribution to addressing crises and social tensions, particularly dramatic in the recent years.

The award “Food & Water” designed with Visionaria is part of the set of initiatives carried out by our University to stimulate the debate and discussion on the issues of environmental, social and economic sustainability, already included among our strategic priorities in teaching and research. We will continue to engage ourselves in international networks and projects on sustainability and in the organization of scientific meetings at the highest level”.

The director and writer of the film, Adnan Zandi, told Kurdpress that 71500 viewers have liked the film on the festival’s Facebook page and have welcomed the film in the festival.

The three-minute-long Butterfly has participated in separate national and international film festivals, among them Parvin Eatesami, Dohuk, India’s Third Eye, Bahrain’s Unity and Beirut where the film won third joint award.  (From Kurdpress

See below the thanking message from the Author Adnan Zandi

Photogallery of the Event :