Fantastic news that Donkeyote, the latest feature length doc from Chico Pereira (MFA Advance Film Practice, SAS, Edinburgh Napier) won best Documentary at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 where it had its UK premiere in June.
Donkeyote tells the story of Manuel Molera Aparicio and his ten year old Andalusian donkey, Gorrión. Against the advice of his doctor, 76 year old Manuel plans one last walk re-tracing the Trail of Tears, the brutal forced 2200 mile march by the Native American Cherokee Nation. Written and directed by Chico with cinematography by long time collaborator (and fellow Screen Academy graduate) Julian Schwanitz, Donkeyote was co-produced by Chico Pereira, Igmar Trost and Sonia Henrici of the Scottish Documentary Institute.
Donkeyote is the much anticipated follow up to Pereira's award winning MFA Advanced Film Practice graduation film of 2012 Pablo's Winter which screened at over 40 festivals world wide garnering a host of awards.
This follows a string of awards and screenings at film festivals around the world, including:
World Premiere: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Big Screen Competition (2017) True/False 2017 Festival Malaga 2017 – Winner Audience Award San Francisco Film Festival 2017 (Documentary Competition) Hot Docs 2017 Festival L’Europe autour de L’Europe (Paris) 2017 – Winner – Prix Luna & Special Mention Prix Sauvage Documenta Madrid 2017 – Winner – Best Spanish Director Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Best Documentary Filmfest München 2017 Dokufest 2017 (Main Competition)