My Name is Salt, the winner of Pelicam 2014


My Name is Salt (Switzerland / India 2013), the story of thousands of Indian families living out of the salt they collect from the desert, is the winner of the third edition of Pelicam – The International Film Festival about Environment and People.

The jury composed by the director Cristi Puiu, the multiple olympic champion Ivan Patzaichin and the anthropologist Michael Stewart  decided that the story of 40.000 Indian families that live in the desert for eight month per year and work hard to earn their living is the winner. They work in difficult environmental conditions to collect the salt that brings them the only income. The simple story, that doesn’t need many words to be told, is wonderfully filmed. The documentary won a 1.000 EUR award offered by The City Hall of Tulcea.

In the short films category, Santra and the Talking Trees (Finland, 2013) won the competition. Santra and the Talking Trees is a film about the difficulty and the beauty of finding your own home. The film combines the animation and archive images in a cinematographic poem. The award consists of 500 EUR offered by the National Center of the Cinematography.

The Fresh Perspectives category was juried by teenagers from Tulcea, coordinated by the geologist Georgeta Ionescu. They decided that the winner is When You’ve Gone, I’ll Still Be There, directed by Carl A. Fechner who tells the story of three young children who fight for a better world. The first one is Felix, a 13 years old boy who wants to motivate  children from all over the world to plant trees. The award consists of 500 EUR offered by The National Cultural Fund Administration.

In the Black Sea Docs category, the winner is Pipeline, a Russian – German production that explores the ties between people living along a gas pipe that starts in the western Siberia and goes to Germany. The jury was composed of Pedro Fuente, the director of Ecozine Festival in Zaragoza, part of the Green Film Network, as well as Pelicam, the anthropologist Vintilă Mihăilescu and Octav Gheorghe. The award consists of post-production services worth of 3.000 EUR. Also, the film is Pelicam’s proposal for the Green Film Network Award 2015 and will be shown in 25 countries.

Pelicam brought to Tulcea, for the third consecutive year, more than 30 films, awarded international directors, nonprofit organizations and raised a huge interest among the habitants of Tulcea.

Pelicam is important for Tulcea. In Romania, people forgot to go to the cinema. The educational aspect is important. Things start to look good. I don’t think there is a documentary or a feature film that doesn’t reach more or less this issue – the environment. I liked the films, as a spectator I felt comfortable with the selection. I’ve never been to a green film festival. I don’t really believe in this distinction, but I think it’s necessary because these films wouldn’t have the chance to reach the public if these festivals didn’t exist. I’m impressed, I hope Pelicam will attract the whole Dobrogea and the whole Romania”, Cristi Puiu said.