Documentary film ‘Paradiso’, which was entirely filmed in Derry, has just won its 9th award at the Award Ceremony of ‘We The People’s Film Festival’ in London.
This latest triumph saw the BBC commissioned film awarded ‘Best Film in Category: Rapprochment of Cultures’, as well as ‘Best Film in Festival’ at the ceremony in the National Film Theatre, London.
The film, directed by Alessandro Negrini and produced by Margo Harkin (Waveriders) of Besom Productions, recently received its US premiere at the Petaluma International Film Festival in Tiburon, San Francisco.
Paradiso’ is a colourful, melancholic and ironic musical journey depicting the Fountain estate in Derry and the attempt of local musician Roy Arbuckle to challenge, through music and dance, one of the worst legacies of the so-called ‘Troubles’ - Fear.
Since its release it has won nine international awards including ‘Best Documentary’ at Hungary’s Slow Film Festival in July 2009; ‘Best Documentary’ at India’s Global Cinema Festival in October 2009; ‘Audience Award’ at Germany’s Wurzburg Film Festival in January 2010; ‘Best Documentary’ at Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh in January this year, and ‘Best Documentary’ at the Arcipelago Rome Film Festival in Italy this summer.
The film has also been screened in many prestigious festivals around the world including Mexico, Germany, USA, South Africa and India, and has received worldwide praise since its release.