MAKATI, 17 May 2005 --- Ditsi
Carolino received the Best Director award for the moving documentary
film, Bunso (The Youngest),
at the OneWorld 2005 documentary films festival held in Prague,
Bunso is about three boys named Tony (13), Diosel
(11), and Bunso (11) who are detained in a city jail. Here,
they share dingy spaces with adult criminals convicted of
rape, murder and drug dealing.
OneWorld is an international human rights film festival.
The Grand Jury honored Ditsi Carolino along with Pirjo Honkasalo
for the film, Three Rooms of Melancholia, an entry
In a statement by the Grand Jury, Carolino was noted for
achieving "empathy and closeness to her characters who
are children held in atrocious condictions in a jail."
"Filmed from not above or below their level, the film
intermingles humor and despair as the children are allowed
to speak for themselves as equals."
"It's a miracle that we won," Carolino wrote in
an e-mail to UNICEF. The film competed against other works
with bigger production budgets. "What is also amazing
is the very strong responses from the audience. People would
stay after a screening and ask how they can help."
Directed by Carolino and photographed by Nana Buxani,
Bunso was shown in December 2004 on a limited screening.
In November 2004, it had its offshore World Premiere at the
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in the Netherlands
where it was shown as part of the non-competition Reflecting
Carolino and Buxani team up for the third time following
their critically-acclaimed documentary films, Minsan Lang
Sila Bata (They Are Children Only Once) in 1996
and Riles (Railroad) in 2002.
Supported by the Consuelo Foundation and UNICEF, Bunso
is a powerful advocacy tool that child rights advocates are
using to generate support for the passage of the Juvenile
Bunso is making the rounds of international film
festival. It had sold-out screening at the HotDocs Canadian
International Film Festival in Toronto in April and at the
DokFest International Documentary Film Festival in Munich,
Germany in May.