THE ARCHIPELAGO wins Sheffield Docs Festival 2015 Student Award
Congratulations to director Benjamin Huguet whose stunning documentary The Archipelago has just won the prestigious Sheffield Docs Fest Student Film Award! Benjamin's Directing Documentary 2015 graduation project was filmed on the Faroe Islands: a gathering of dramatically weathered islands in the vast North Atlantic populated by a dwindling community whose traditional culture and livelihood from hunting whales is in transition.
Speaking on behalf of the jury, Daisy Gili (London Film Academy) commented: “Beautifully shot and deceptively paced, The Archipelago depicts a rare, empathetic view of whaling focusing on self-sustainability within the Faroe Islands community. Drawing a jarring juxtaposition between the picturesque landscape and the violent and gruesome practice of whale slaughter, Benjamin Huguet's film evokes a visceral response.
Huguet's strength is in his storytelling - his unflinching eye doesn't moralise or sensationalise. The documentary is surprising and compelling, allowing insight into the inhabitants’ reaction to the protests of the controversial act of whale hunting - an act so embedded into the culture of the islands.”