Today the Alexia Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014 Grant competition. Sebastián Liste has received the $20,000 professional grant for his project “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America.” The grant will allow Sebastián to continue this project to raise awareness of the violent living situation in Latin American countries like Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
In the Alexia Foundation announcement Liste’s project is described as “an investigation of crime, punishment, and security in Latin America. Despite the fall of milatry rule and the restoration of democracy, statistics show that in the last two decades crime rates have soared considerably, making Latin America the world’s most violent region, Sebastián writes in his proposal.”
The 2014 student grant winner is Mehran Hamrahi of Islamic Azad University of Ahvaz, Iran. Hamrahi’s project “Iranian People, Ordinary or Criminals,” which “aims to portray the daily lives of Iranian youth who dream of living ‘a free life.'” Iran’s younger generations are given a voice through Hamrahi’s work. Deprived of human rights and social freedoms, this generation dreams of immigrating to a free country. Hamrahi will receive a $1,000 grant to produce this project, tuition for the Syracuse University London Program, and more.
Other winners include:
- Shahria Sharmin – “Call me Heena” – Second Place Student Grant
- Farzana Hossen – “Lingering Scars” – Alexia Award of Excellence
- Andrew Renneisen – “Hip Hop, Save Me” – Alexia Award of Excellence / Gilka Grant
- Sarah Ann Jump – “New Roots: Refugees Resettling in America” – Alexia Award of Excellence
Congratulations to all of the winners in the Alexia Grant Foundation 2014 Awards! For more information on these compelling documentary projects, please visit the Alexia Foundation’s website.
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