Two S4C documentaries claim World Medals by US award

Two S4C documentaries have been awarded World Medals by one of the USA’s major international television and film awards.

The 2014 New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Awards awarded documentary Taith Fawr y Dyn Bach (The Small Man’s Big Journey) with Silver World Medal and O’r Galon: Karen with Bronze World Medal of Human Concerns Category.

Taith Fawr y Dyn Bach (The Small Man’s Big Journey) follows James Lusted, who has dwarfism, on his personal journey has he meets and comes to know disabled people all over Wales.

Beca Brown, producer of Taith Fawr y Dyn Bach said, “As a team we’re very proud of the series’s success – we were more than happy to reach the shortlist, but to be told that we’ve won a Silver Medal is fantastic. I’m very fortunate of the small crew that works with me on the series, and especially fortunate of our presenter, James Lusted. I hope that we’ve fulfilled our original objectives, which were to give a voice to people with disabilities and to reiterate James’s message which is to always see the person before the disability.”

The documentary Karen is an emotional film portrayal of Karen Williams of Anglesey during the last days of her life as she battled against terminal cancer.

Meinir Gwilym, who produced the film O’r Galon: Karen said, “I am very pleased that the programme has won such a prestigious award. I know that Karen’s family are also very proud of the achievement. Her shining personality is the film’s greatest strength.”

S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world. As a public service broadcaster, it commissions independent producers from across Wales to make the majority of its programmes.

S4C Content Commissioner, Llion Iwan said, “Both these documentary productions portray human bravery in the face of adversity. These awards are first and foremost a tribute to those who took part in them. ”

By XI Zhang

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