Students from Universidade Potiguar’s Cinema degree program won the award for best short fiction with "The Seller of Paradise" during the SEDA Film Festival in Natal. Developed by students Suerda Morais, Cássio Hazin and Dhara Ferraz, "The Seller of Paradise" takes place in an arid landscape where misery and hopelessness punish its residents, and a spiritual leader preaches death as the only salvation of the human race before God.
For students, the award was an opportunity to turn theory into practice. "The award is an encouragement to continue putting into practice all the knowledge we have acquired in our Cinema degree program. To produce a movie, even a short, is always a challenge! Soon we will be pioneers with this degree here in the state and we will always seek to do our best to strengthen and further develop the audiovisual industry in RN," explained Suerda Morais.
For the coordinator of UnP’s Cinema program, Fabio De Silva, the award confirms the commitment of the students and teachers and the quality of the program. "The awards our students have received in audiovisual festivals and shows proves the commitment and effort of these teachers and of UnP’s cinema degree program and shows how talented they are. The big difference between studying theater and film theory and producing it in reality is reflected in these films, which benefit UnP and our entire region," he stated.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.