Art and Experience: Iranian director Majid Esmaeili-Parsa’s film on Lake Urmia and its environmental crisis, “Gamichi”, brought him the award for best director at the Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth in New Delhi, the organizers announced on Saturday.
The film is about a young boy, Hassan, who lives near Lake Urmia with his family. The lake is drying up so they have to sell their boat.
Hassan tries to keep the old boat and wait for his father, who has left the family to earn money elsewhere.
“Village Rockstars” by Rima Das from India received the best film for children award, while “Mum’s wrong” by Marc Fitoussi from France won the best film for youth award at the festival.