Special Mention for Documentary Artistry and Impact, to My Name is Salt, an extraordinary first feature from Farida Pacha.
The AWFJ Documentary Jurors Rebecca Murray, Sheila Roberts, Nikki Baughan, Kimberley Lindbergs, Cate Marqius and Jennifer Merin (Chair) found the film to be “a masterpiece of the observational style. In following a single family of salt farmers during their eight month seasonal work cycle in a remote region of India, Pacha introduces us to a uniquely challenging traditional lifestyle, one that exemplifies the way in which human perseverance and dignity transcend circumstance. The filmmaker’s respect for her subjects shows in every frame of Lutz Konnermann’s exquisite cinematography. We congradulate Pacha on her achievement in this film and can’t wait to see more of her work!”
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