The documentary, directed by Douglas Watikin, features the relationship between Prince Albert II and Australian artist Alick Tipoti in a very inspiring natural journey.
After its six nominations for the 2021 ASIN Awards, “Alick and Albert” is one of five films to receive an award at the 19th Oceania International documentary film festival (FIFO).
The arts of the peoples of the sea
The 90-minute documentary follows the discussions between Alick Tipoti and Prince Albert II. In 2018, the artist and defender of native languages welcomed the Prince to Badu island, in the toreros strait, north of Australia.
The visit by a foreign sovereign to the Badulgal community was the result of an encounter between the two men in Monaco in 2016 during the « Taba Naba » exhibition, at the Musée océanographique. Together they discuss and compare the similarities and differences between their respective communities. The documentary shows two individuals reflecting on the environmental crisis that the world is currently experiencing.
A pressing issue for everyone
The “Alick and Albert” documentary also considers the relationship between Man and Nature in today’s world. Prince Albert II sees the lifestyle of Badu inhabitants such as Alick. A way of life that is under threat from climate change, ocean pollution and overfishing. The film also transmits a universal message to all audiences: one of peace, tolerance, dialogue between different cultures and harmony between the human world and that of the ocean.
The jury was very impressed by this filmBeckie Stocchetti, Executive Director of the Hawaii International Film Festival
The FIFO special jury prize is a recognition that the film “showcases indigenous art and communicates one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. This film “acts as an inspiration for all of us”, to protect our oceans and “all the marine life that thrives from them”.