Donkeyote wins writing prize at International Documentary Awards in LA
Brilliant news that the writing team on Donkeyote, Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira and Gabriel Molera have received a Creative Recognition Award for Best Writing at the International Documentary Awards. All three (who are cousins) were in attendance at the award ceremony which took place at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles on December 9th.
Donkeyote tells the story of Manuel Molera Aparicio and his ten year old Andalusian donkey, Gorrión. Against the advice of his doctor, 76 year old Manuel plans one last walk re-tracing the Trail of Tears, the brutal forced 2200 mile march by the Native American Cherokee Nation. Written and directed by Chico with cinematography by long time collaborator (and fellow Screen Academy graduate) Julian Schwanitz, Donkeyote was co-produced by Chico Pereira, Igmar Trost and Sonia Henrici of the Scottish Documentary Institute.
Donkeyote is the much anticipated follow up to Chico Pereira's award winning Pablo's Winter which was his graduation film for the MFA Advanced Film Practice at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier and screened at over 40 festivals world wide garnering a host of awards.
Donkeyote has won a string of awards and screened at film festivals around the world, including:
World Premiere: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Big Screen Competition (2017) True/False 2017 Festival Malaga 2017 – Winner Audience Award San Francisco Film Festival 2017 (Documentary Competition) Hot Docs 2017 Festival L’Europe autour de L’Europe (Paris) 2017 – Winner – Prix Luna & Special Mention Prix Sauvage Documenta Madrid 2017 – Winner – Best Spanish Director Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Best Documentary Filmfest München 2017 Dokufest 2017 (Main Competition) Yamagata 2017 (Main Competition) Alcances Cadiz Documentary Festival 2017 – Winner Best Director