The short film L’OSPITE / THE GUEST directed by Hazara director Amin Wahidi and produced by Hazara poet, journalist and human rights activist, Basir Ahang, won the Absolute Best Short Film Award and Popular Jury Award 2015 of Carpine D’Argento during Cortifestival International Short Film Festival of Visciano- Naples Italy.
Premio Carpine D’Argento Award 2015 Premio Carpine D’Argento is an annual award given during Cortifestival/International Short Film Festival of Visciano by social and cultural associations and municipality of Visciano in Naples of Italy.
The aim of this award is to promote through the art of cinema, the social participation of the citizens in humanitarian activities in this town and in the national level. The other important aim of the award is to bring into attention of the citizens the important social issues of the year.
The main theme of this year of the Cortifestival/International Short Film Festival of Visciano was the critical social problems such as immigration, integration and especially acceptance of asylum seekers and their situation in Italy.
The Cortifestival/International Short Film Festival of Visciano is organized by a professional panel of jury that include cinema critics, professors and social and cultural activists.
This young festival is considered an important event for social activists and a strong platform for young filmmakers.
This year, beside filmmakers, a senior official of the Italian navy, Admiral Felicio Angrisano, the commander in chief of Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard was awarded for rescuing the lives of thousands of asylum seeker in the Mediterranean Sea.
About the film
L’Ospite / The Guest that is located in Venice, pictures one night of an asylum seeker in Venice Italy and points out the weakness of immigration system in Italy. Italy for long has been under critics by the European Community and International Human Right Organizations for violations of refugees rights. The refugees and asylum seekers are vulnerable in Italy because of lack of an organic native law to guarantee the asylum seekers and refugees’ rights and protect them based on international conventions.
With this short film, with a simple language the director, Amin Wahidi has pictured the sociology of “the fear from the other” because of ignorance and lack of dialogue, and lack of exchange of information between the host groups “natives” and the guests “refugees”.
This short film had already won three awards of VENICE CITY AWARDS during a special program of the 71st Venice Film Festival in 2014.
The coming feature film by Amin Wahidi is THE PERSIAN DINNER that will be screened in September this year.