Nikos Dayandas’ documentary about a meeting of two cultures as seen through the relationship between a Greek sailor and a Japanese woman, Sayome (pictured), has been named the Grand Prix winner at the 31st International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary in Monaco.
Presented during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, the final jury, presided by French director Claude Lelouch, bestowed four prizes on June 11.
The 56-minute Sayome aired on ERT in Greece.
The silver medal went to Sunday in Brazzaville, directed by Enric Bach and Adria Monès. The TV3 Spain doc follows a radio talk show host as he introduces three eclectic figures of the Sapeur subculture from Congo’s capital.
The Judge and the Minors took the bronze medal. Directed by Dominique Clément, the RTS film focuses on the daily routine of a judge for minors in Switzerland.
Lastly, It’s Time won the Martine Filippi Award. Presented by GMA Network in the Philippines, the film, directed by Rember Gelera and Rowena Raganit, highlights environmental challenges developed societies face, starting with the issue of access to drinkable water in the Philippines.