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Wavumba by Jeroen van Velzen

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27 April 2012

Ducth director Jeroen van Velzen has won the award for Best New Documentary Director at the 11th Tribeca International Film Festival for his film WAVUMBA. The winners were announced at a special ceremony held last night in New York. The prize consists of $25,000 and an art award.

In WAVUMBA - THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH filmmaker Jeroen van Velzen returns to the coasts of Kenya to rediscover the enchanting world of his youth. There he meets Masoud, the last shark hunter.

Jury Comments: “A modern day ‘Old Man and the Sea’ tale, set off the coast of Kenya, this lyrical film depicts the story of Masoud, a legend of shark fishing who, along with his young protégé, strives to end his days with one last grand catch. We the jury especially appreciated this new director’s confidence of style, his restraint and his deep relationship to a culture fast disappearing. It is a hypnotic story of man and nature, unafraid of silence, and full of a terrible beauty. We look forward to his next endeavor with great anticipation.”

WAVUMBA is produced by SNG Film. The film is a co-production with BOS (Dutch Public Broadcasting). International sales agent for the film is EastWest Filmdistribution.

Tribeca takes place in New York from 18 - 29 April, 2012.

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For more information:
Tribeca International Film Festival

Production Company:
SNG Film
Digna Sinke
P.O. Box 59081
1040 KB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ph: +31 20 686 7837

Sales agent:
EastWest Filmdistribution
Sasha Wieser
Schottenfeldgasse 14
1070 Wien, Austria/Europe
Ph: + 43 1 5249310 34

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