Students of local non-profit Light House Studio received high honors this Spring in a contest against filmmakers of all ages, from around the world. Tandem alums Reid Hildebrand (TFS '11), Conor Kyle (TFS '11) and Greg Nachmanovtich (TFS '15) and their team won the Grand Jury’s Bronze World Medal at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards for their documentary, Better Than Baghdad.
The film was produced with grant support from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation-Community Endowment, and collaboration between the International Rescue Committee and Light House Studio, which provides education and professional-grade equipment and editing software for young Charlottesville filmmakers.
Better Than Baghdad is a five-minute short, featuring Palestinian refugee Majed Alsruar, and his recollections of the Al-Waleed refugee camp on the Iraqi-Syrian border, where he and his family lived for five years before emigrating to Charlottesville. Hildebrand’s team compiled footage shot by Al-Waleed residents, news clips, and conversations with Alsruar, to effectively begin a larger conversation among viewers about, according to Hildebrand, “a part of humanity that is under-reported and misrepresented by the media and popular attention.”