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A Bridge Between Two Worlds

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English subtitled version:

A Bridge Between Two Worlds relates how Muslim and Catholic farmers, on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, unite, overcome poverty and enhance their environment with the support of North American and European families. This astonishing chain of solidarity was initiated by Gilles Raymond, a Canadian volunteer from Québec who has forged deep bonds in Flores over the past 15 years. This is the beginning of a worldwide family, which distance cannot affect, a story that is punctuated by hard work, children’s smiles and  ancestor worship. This engaging adventure builds a living bridge between our two hemispheres, at a time when foreign aid is too often being questioned.

Original french version:

Un pont entre deux mondes révèle comment des paysans musulmans et catholiques de l’île indonésienne de Florès sortent de la pauvreté et transforment leur environnement grâce à l’aide que leur offrent des familles d’Europe et d’Amérique. Une étonnante chaîne humaine initiée par Gilles Raymond, un Québécois enraciné à Florès depuis 15 ans. C’est la genèse d’une famille planétaire que la distance n’atteint pas, un récit rythmé par l’âpreté du travail, le sourire des enfants et le lien avec les ancêtres. Une aventure qui ouvre à largeur d’épaule un chemin entre nos deux hémisphères, à une époque où l’aide au développement international est trop souvent remise en question.

Spanish subtitled version:

Un puente entre dos mundos es la historia de campesinos católicos y musulmanes de la isla indonesia de Flores que logran salir de la pobreza y transformar su entorno gracias a la ayuda  de familias europeas y norteamericanas. Es el trabajo de una asombrosa red humana iniciada por Gilles Raymond, un quebequense de Canada arraigado en Flores desde hace 15 años. Es verdaderamente el nacimiento de una familia planetaria que se sobrepone a las distancias. Un relato marcado por la dureza del trabajo, las sonrisas de los niños y el vínculo con los antepasados. Una aventura que abre un ancho camino humano entre los dos hemisferios, en momentos en que la ayuda internacional para el desarrollo es objeto de cuestionamiento.

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Runtime: 
51:13
English subtitle: 
Yes

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Pascal Gélinas has been making films for 50 years. He made A Bridge Between Two worlds without any salary, with the simple will to have this solidarity story known widely. It seems he was right, since his film was selected in 45 festivals in Armenia, Australia (2), Brazil, Canada (5), Cuba, Denmark, Spain (2) , USA (8), France (8), Cayman Islands, India (3), Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Philippines (2), Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.  Up to now the film was awarded 10 times. It was also twice Winner of the month in India.

 

The film received in May 2016 the People’s choice Award at the international festival Caméras des Champs in France, and in November 2016 the Environment Award at the 48th International maritime, exploration and environment film Festival in Toulon, France. In 2016, It was twice Winner of the Month in Film Festivals of India. In January 2017, it won the Most Popular Film Award at the iChill Manila International Film Fest, Manila, Philipines. In February 2017, it won in Montreal the Best Canadian documentary Award at the Canada Independent Film Festival. In May 2017 it won an International Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture, in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia. In May 2017, it won the Inspiring Missions Award at the Inspired Faith Film Festival of Atlanta, USA. In May 2017, it also won an Honorary Award at the Ekotop Envirofilm Festival in Bratislava, Slovavakia. In May 2017 it won the Best Documentary Director  Award by Colortape Film Festival, in Brisbane, Australia.  In August 2017, in Yerevan, Armenia, the Fresco International Festival awarded the film Best Message of « The Hero of our Time ». The film also won an Honorable Mention at the IV  Festival Brasil de Cinema Intermational, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2017.

Screenings / Awards: 

34e édition des Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, Canada, février 2016.

18e édition du Festival international du film documentaire sur la ruralité

Caméra des Champs, Ville-sur-Yron, France, mai 2016. PRIX DU PUBLIC

 16e édition des Conviviales de Nannay, Bourgogne, France, août 2016.

 Festival du film du Coudray,  Loir et Cher, France, septembre 2016.

 International Film Festival Ekotopfilm 2016, Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016.

 48e Festival International du film maritime, d’exploration et d’environnement, Toulon, France, novembre 2016.  PRIX DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT

 El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, November 2016.

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Calcutta, India, November 2016.  WINNER OF THE MONTH, NATURE, ENVIRONMENT and WILDLIFE.

Cine Pobre Film Festival, La Paz, Mexico, December 2016.

 Aab International Film Festival, Moga, Punjab,  India, DECEMBER 2016.  WINNER OF THE MONTH, BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

International Monthly Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, december 2016. 

Roma Cinema DOC, Rome, Italy, January 2017.

Colortape International Film Festival, Brisbane, Australia, January 2017.  BEST DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR AWARD

Transylvania Cinema Awards, Mures, Romania, January 2017.

iChill Manila International Film Fest, Manilla, Philippines, January 2017.  MOST POPULAR FILM AWARD

 Canada Independent Film Festival, Montreal, Canada,  February 2017.  BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY

 Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival, Gainesville, Florida, February 2017.

Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival, Belfast, Ireland, March 2017.

Peace On Earth Film Festival, Chicago, USA, March 2017.

3rd Phoenix Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, March 2017.

Festival Ciné-Champêtre, Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives, Normandie, France,  mars 2017

Festival Cinéma du Monde, Sherbrooke, Canada, avril 2017

Boston International Film Festival, Boston, USA, 16 avril 2017.

Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbeville, France, 17 avril 2017.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara, Gibara, Cuba, april 2017

Sembrando Cine-Festival de Cine de Medioambiante, Lima, Peru, april 2017.

Martinique International Film Festival 2017, Fort-de-France, France, printemps 2017.

Ekotopfilm Envirofilm Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia, May 2017.  HONORARY AWARD

International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture, Bali, Indonesia, May 2017.  INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Inspired Faith Film Festival, Marietta, USA, May 2017.  INSPIRING MISSIONS AWARD

Polish International Film Festival, May 2017.

Cayman Islands International Film Festival, Georgetown, Cayman Islands, June 2017.

Festival du Film de Lama, Corse, France, juillet 2017.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, New York, USA, August 2017.

Fresco Annual Festival of Modern Art and Spiritual Films, Yerevan, Armenia, August 2017.  BEST MESSAGE of « THE HERO OF OUR TIME »

Cebu International Film Festival, Cebu, Philippines, September 2017.

Festival du film de Saint-Séverin, Saint-Séverin, Canada, septembre 2017.

28th annual One World Film Festival, Ottawa, Canada, September 2017.

4th Festival Gollut, Girona, Spain, October 2017.

20th United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford, Palo Alto and San Francisco U.S.A, October 2017.

10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017, Malaysia, October 2017.

Utopia Film Festival, Greenbelt, USA, October 2017.

V  Festival Brasil de Cinema Intermational, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2017.  HONORABLE MENTION

Christian Film Festival, Newport News, USA, December 2017.

Auroville Film Festival, Auroville, India, December 2017.

Directed by: 
Pascal Gélinas
Writing credits: 
Pascal Gélinas
Cast: 
Gilles Raymond and the peasants of Flores
Produced by: 
Pascal Gélinas
Music by: 
Dazmo
Cinematography by: 
Pascal Gélinas
Film Editing by: 
Josiane Lapointe
Other crew: 
Sound mix: Roger Guérin
Release Date: 
Sunday, February 21, 2016
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