Film-makers honoured in Guyana

The work of documentary film-makers in Guyana was recognised last Friday at the climax of the 2014 Loyola Documentary Film Festival. The Festival had been organised by Catholic TV Guyana, an apostolate of the Jesuits of Guyana, which is a Region of the British Province. It was staged with the support of the country’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.

“The Loyola Documentary Film Festival aims to promote and create awareness among people on socio-economic and cultural issues that affect us as a nation,” according to the  Director of Catholic TV Guyana, Fr Justin Prabhu SJ. “It allows film-makers and corporate bodies to actively engage in promotion and development of skills and expertise of Guyanese.”

The objectives of the Film Festival are to document livelihood issues that affect the poor in rural and urban areas throughout Guyana and to highlight situations that affect the survival and human rights of the people. Guyana is the only English-speaking country on the South American continent. It is the size of the United Kingdom but has fewer than a million inhabitants. The Jesuits first came to Guyana in 1857. Today, their work includes Pastoral Ministries in remote areas such as Pakaraimas and Rupunini, as well as in the capital Georgetown. They are also involved with adult formation, catechesis and evangelisation.

The subject of the films entered in the Loyola Documentary Film Festival had to be on socio-economic and cultural issues affecting Guyana. The winning entries were shown and the awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at the Umana Yana, the exhibition and conference centre in Georgetown, attended by the Jesuit Regional Superior of Guyana, Fr Paul Martin SJ, with a video message from Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB of Georgetown. Details of the winners and their winning entries will be posted here in due course.

Photo: Fr Justin Prabhu SJ (far right) with documentary film-makers at the award ceremony.

See more photos on the Film Festival Facebook page.