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Chrigu Wins Grand Prize at First Ever International Documentary Film Festival on Cancer
Date:9/1/2008

Fondo Anglesio Moroni, CAC - Voltaire.
For more information please visit the festival website (http://www.reellives.org)

BEST OF THE FEST: Chrigu

Switzerland, Jan Gassmann, German, 87 min The story of a young man who once had great plans for the future until, at the age of 21, an advanced-stage tumour was discovered. Jan Gassmann follows Christian Ziorjen's (Chrigu) fight to live, in a film less about death, but about living life.

BEST REPORTAGE: The Truth About Cancer

USA, Linda Garmon, English, 90 min

When filmmaker Linda Garmon's husband died of cancer, she began a quest to find out why. Following the stories of three other patients, she discovers that the answer is tragically at odds with the very American belief that if you just fight hard enough, you can beat cancer.

BEST PERSONAL STORY: Art of Living

India, Sutapa Biswas, Hindi, 14 min

This film recounts the story of Sambhu Das, a painter who was diagnosed with cancer of the Larynx in 1998 and overcame all hurdles to tell his story. Despite financial and physical limitations Sambhu never lost focus of becoming a successful painter. This is a film celebrating the inner strength of a common man.

BEST EDUCATIONAL / ORGANIZATIONAL: Children of Avenir

Morocco, Bruno Peyronnet, French, 18 min

When a local doctor discovers that 11-year-old Mohamad has a tumour, Mohamad and his mother must travel six-hundred kilometers from their village in eastern Morocco to the capital city, Rabat. The Association de L'Avenir provides a place for children and their families to reside during their treatment. Even amidst trying times, Mohamad and his mother have an opportunity to see the ocean for the first time.

BEST PSA: The Hookah

Israel, Israel Cancer Association, Hebrew, 30 sec

A stylish PSA suggests other kinds of smoking, even the most recreational, can prove just
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