Bhutan - Jury prize Tur Ostrava

Ostrava, 24 April 2009 - The four-day International Film Festival TUR Ostrava ceremonially awarded prizes for the winning films. The sixth year of the festival registered more than 60 documentaries from all over the world. The best movies were chosen by an international jury of four experts on the environment. The Grant Prix of the Festival - Award of the Mayor of Ostrava - was given to the German documentary "The Crayfish in the Jam Jar" about the disappearance of a unique species of animal from the countryside in southern Germany. The statue for the International Jury's Prize was awarded to the Slovak film "Bhutan - A Search for Happiness" by Pavol Barabáš.

About the expedition

The journey to Bhutan was a journey to a fairy tale. It was the search for the magic of the last kingdom that had been preserved on Earth also thanks to high mountains. No human feet ever stood on their peaks reaching up to a height of 7500 meters. These are the highest virgin mountains on Earth. The people of Bhutan believe that their Gods are reigning on the mountains and so their good king did not allow them to enter mountains higher then 6000 meters. The mountain kingdom could keep its extraordinaire character thank to its isolation. You can feel everywhere the stopped time of the Middle Ages and the impressive Buddhism that impress you by fabulous tradition that cannot be found in other parts of the Himalayas. The transit through it is a gentle touch with almost virgin places protected by the distance, the elevation above sea-level and the weather. .. [more]

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