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Documentary by Deja Bernhardt wins award
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 19, #14    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
17 April 2004

A documentary video by Deja Bernhardt, who graduated in January, won an award as the best student documentary earlier this month at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival held at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion.

The festival featured 30 films from award-winning local, regional, and national filmmakers, as well as opening ceremonies led by Marion Mayor John Nieland and Cedar Rapids Mayor Paul Pate, and a keynote address by Tom Wheeler of the Iowa Film Office.

Ms. Bernhardt's video was completed as part of her B.F.A. Titled 'Ubuntu' (translated as people reaching out and caring for one another), the 18-minute video was shot a year ago in South Africa and documents the AIDS crisis.

'It's a powerful and uplifting work, showing people helping and supporting each other,' said Brian Smith, the primary faculty advisor for the project. 'She really reached a more mature, professional level of production in this documentary. It's gratifying that it was part of the competition and that it won.'

Ms. Bernhardt has traveled to Africa several times and has devoted herself to raising awareness of the crisis in Africa by creating poignant documentaries.

Copyright 2004, Maharishi University of Management

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