A BIG BIG BIG ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone at the Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast for making us so welcome and for choosing Yage is Our Life as the winner of ‘Best International Short Film’.
We were really surprised and amazed to have won. It was a true honour to be part of the festival and we really didn’t expect to win an award. Thanks especially to Sean and Nicole and all the other volunteers for all of their hard work over the 5 days of the festival. It was a really nice few days and a great opportunity to meet other filmmakers, hear their stories and see the truly wonderful films they have made.
This award is dedicated to the communities of Putumayo, the Pueblo Cofan, the Pueblo Inga, the Pueblo Siona, the Pueblo Correguaje, the Pueblo Kamentsa for protecting and passing on the ancient knowledge of Yage. It is a huge encouragement to keep going forward to protect our human rights, to preserve traditional ways of life and make sure the gift of Yage is available to future generations.
Congratulations to everyone else who won awards and screened their films at the festival, especially Jesse and Jesse for ‘Radiance of Resistance’ and Alessandro Nunziata for ‘We Slowly Began to Die’. We saw some very moving and eye-opening works of cinema and it was a pleasure to be part of the event.