CWB Jury & nominees for Mozaik Bridging The Borders Award at 2021 Ramsgate FF


Cinema Without Borders has announced its jury members to decide the winner of the Mozaik Bridging The Borders Award at  the 2021 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, UK. This is the first time that Cinema Without Borders and Mozaik offer Bridging the Borders Award at Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival. Also Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival programmers, have announced nominees for the Cinema Without Borders’ Bridging The Borders Award sponsored by MOZAIK

A jury of five formed by CWB will decide the winning films and at the closing night of the festival, Keely Badger, one of the CWB jury members and Executive Director of MOZAIK, sponsor of the Bridging The Borders Award will announce Jury Honorary Mention Film and the winner of the Bridging The Borders Award in a video message.

2021 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival is dedicated to one man, the wonderful artist, singer and sculptor, who designed our coveted Anchor statuette, Dominic Grant, who passed away last November. From now on, the solid Bronze Anchor for the Best Feature Film will be known as the Dominic Grant Award. There will be a special dedication at the Opening Gala night, with all profits from the evening to be given to the campaign to raise funds for the casting and installation of George IV statue, sculpted by Dominic Grant at Ramsgate only Royal Harbour in the whole of the UK.

MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award Jury members are:

Keely Badger is Executive Director of MOZAIK, a new millennial-led philanthropic organization committed to exploring and modeling new practices in philanthropy with disruptive, creative, and catalytic potential. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Keely leads the foundation’s strategic grantmaking, programs and community engagements, working with a range of nonprofit organizations in the local, national and international advocacy space.

As a millennial expert and advocate on international human rights and development issues,
Keely pioneers’ durable solutions for underrepresented voices, communities and causes by working to democratize philanthropy through participatory grantmaking praxis.

Susan Morgan Cooper
Susan Morgan Cooper is a Director/Producer/ Writer and her credits include:
To the Moon and Back, Documentary, Director/Producer/Writer 2016 (A cinematic act of love and courage’ … Broadway World) – Hopper [In his own words] Documentary, Producer/Writer 2013 (“I was moved to tears” Mike Medavoy) – Mulberry Child, Documentary, Director/Producer/Writer 2012 (‘A powerful and touching film’… 31/2 stars. Roger Ebert) – An Unlikely Weapon [The Eddie Adams Story]..Documentary, Director/Producer/Writer 2008 ( ‘A terrific documentary’ The Hollywood Reporter) – Making Of Shadows in The Sun, Documentary, Director/Producer/Writer 2005 – Heroes And Sheroes. Television Series, Director/Producer/Writer 2000
Mirjana: One Girl’s Journey, Documentary, Director/Producer/Writer 1997 – Stringers, Narrative Short Director/Producer/Writer 1990 – Hadley’s Rebellion, Narrative Feature Associate Producer 1989

Marcy Garriott is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. An electrical engineer and still photographer coming out of college, she was a telecommunications executive for 15 years before turning to filmmaking and social activism. Her Director/Producer credits include the award-winning documentary films SPLIT DECISION and INSIDE THE CIRCLE. Marcy also produced THE LEAST OF THESE (about immigrant child detention) and the CNN documentary AN UNREAL DREAM: THE MICHAEL MORTON STORY. Most recently she served as an Executive Producer on the documentary films PEACE OFFICER and BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM. Marcy is a former board member and President of the Austin Film Society, and a current Advisory Board member of Cine Las Americas

Chale Nafus – Born in Dallas during World War II, Chale Nafus attended public schools, spent summers on his sister’s ranch in Comanche County in the 1950s, learned Spanish from schoolmates, and dreamed of getting out of Dallas. After getting through freshman year at SMU, he worked at Texas Instruments before realizing he really needed a college education. After attending the University of Texas at Arlington (B.A., English), La Universidad Autónoma de México, and UT Austin (M.A., English/RTF), he began a long college teaching career at Texas Southmost College (Brownsville), La Universidad de Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn), and finally Austin Community College (1973-1998). At the latter, he founded the Department of Radio-TV-Film, taught classes in film studies, and for seven years served as Chair of Humanities (Northridge Campus). Retiring in 1998, Chale spent 4 years traveling and writing before joining the staff of Austin Film Society as Director of Programming (2002-2015). He is now totally retired and happily serving on the boards of Austin Film Society and OUTsider Fest as well as the advisory committees of IndieMeme (South Asian film organization) and Cine Las Americas.

Bijan Tehrani
Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language & History of film workshops and organizes film screening events and festivals. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children’s books.

For the tenth anniversary of Cinema Without Borders, Bijan has received Ambassador of International Cinema Award from South east European Film Festival, Friend of the Festival Award from Polish Film Festival, LA and Gateway to International Cinema Award from Hungarian Film festival. Bijan Tehrani is recently working on a book of his memoir from Cinema in Iran and a docufiction based on 19th century photographs by Sevruguin, the Russian photographer.

MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award Nominees
The seven feature films nominated by Lucas International Festival for Young Film Lovers organizers for Bridging The Borders Award are:

A Story Sewn and Bound with a Red Thread
Japan | 99 mins | U
directed by Yuria Matsushita
This film is based upon a poem by Shuji Terayama, which itself is based on the true story of four young sisters who escape their dismal lives by entering a world of fantasy. The film is set in the Showa period within some gorgeous Japanese countryside.

The Soul of a Cyclist
Prtugal | 73 mins | U
directed by Nuno Tavares
Through a group of “classic” cyclists and their common interest in the classic bicycle, we’ll discover values that are being lost in our modern society, such as the importance of friendship, ecology, valuing the old, minimalism and, other important premises to achieve a happier, simpler and more fulfilled life with what really matters. As in life, in this documentary, bicycles transport us in our discovery, in our reflection.

Last Call For Tomorrow
United States | 93 mins | U
directed by Gary Null, Valerie Van Cleve
Last Call for Tomorrow, reflects on the crisis’ facing all life on Earth. We are witnessing the 6th Mass Extinction of our planet. We are loosing about 200 species a day. Humanity has killed 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants. Of the birds left in the world, 70% are poultry chickens and other farmed birds. Global industrial pollution is killing over 9 million people a year, through bad air and water. What recourse can the people take, when there are no effective 
institutions to deal with the global one world order. We face a clear choice: radical political transformation or deepening mass extinction.
 To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we think, who we are, and how we live.

Uganda | 86 mins | U
directed by Roger TBC
How we make the choices depends on what we decide. A struggling lawyer JORDAN BATANDA -(Michael WawuyoJr) finds out the hard way as he must set his priorities right, when he discovers a secret as he attends to his Comatose (Fiancée) Baby Mama ‐ JOYCE BIRUNGI- (Christine Amusugut). As he races against time, he must make choose and make decisions. In-spite of this, entire he must stay FOCUSED despite his 9y/o ‐ Cry baby son, (ISRAEL BATANDA)-(Kawuma Mathew), his ever demanding job and Joyce’s Hospital bills amidst being engulfed in the game of Hate, Truth and Lies. What is yet to come is something heartbreaking. Will he carry on?

Brazil | 113 mins | U
directed by Carlos Porto de Andrade Júnior
Moments before a father’s death, all of his family memories are transferred to his son through a dream. This story is told in parallel with an investigation by two cousins who are writing a book about the family. All that is left are fragmented evidences, destroyed photos and the oral history. The narrative develops a different visual language to guide us through this saga about an unusual family made up of contradictory versions. The ancestor, an Englishman living at the end of the 18th century, arrives in Brazil and gets married to a Portuguese lady, owner of an extensive piece of land. Their heirs will become the protagonists in this history of conflicts, legends and mysteries. Love will lead to death but the supernatural will inspire love again.



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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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