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Visual Arts names "Bedmates" as winner of 10th annual Adam D. Kamil Media Awards

All 25 submissions to the department's annual film awards are available to watch online

The Department of Visual Arts presented the 10th annual Adam D. Kamil Media Awards on Friday, May 15 – virtually, with an hour-long program announcing this year’s honorees while students, staff and the community watched along and shared their congratulations in the live chat room.

The winner of this year’s Adam D. Kamil Media Award is “Bedmates,” by Visual Arts students Sijing Yang, Lenti Liang and Yangcheng Yu. Their documentary tells the love story between two people at the 50th anniversary of their marriage, which occurred during China’s Cultural Revolution that divided families into classes.

“The purpose of the documentary is both to explore the impact of the Cultural Revolution on the marital relationships of countless other Chinese families … and, in turn, to try to reveal a small part of the Cultural Revolution era from the perspective of a family,” the creators said.

Runners up for the top honor were “The Power of Words” by Conrad Jones and Queen of the Night” by Madeline Rackerby. For the first year ever, the department created a new prize: the Babette Mangolte Prize for Excellence with 16mm. Mangolte, a faculty member in the department, is an internationally recognized cinematographer and film director. This year’s Babette Mangolte Prize winner is “Fenjan” by Dalida Rached.

Faculty member Brian Cross, who opened the awards ceremony, said the selection committee were overwhelmed with the high caliber of submissions, and chose four as honorable mentions: “Borderlands” by Karina Melchor, Nalani Tran and Mary Stang, “La Jornadas: An Excerpt from Encuentros Disidentes” by Xelestiál Moreno-Luz, “LLOYD” by Trae Whyte, and “Pinakbet” by Antonia Lorenzo.

Named for Adam Kamil, the awards were established in the department by Adam’s family, shortly after he died. Elaine Kamil, Adam’s mother, said they created the student award in their son’s memory as a tribute to his creativity and belief in the power of the media to connect people. In recognition, the gallery at the UC San Diego Mandeville Center was renamed the Adam D. Kamil Gallery.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards ceremony, and Adam Kamil’s spirit was celebrated during the awards ceremony by all — including comments from the Kamil family’s friend Trudi Carter and Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta.

“The Kamils have become our dear friends, both to us at the university but also to you and the 10 years of students who have been a part of this creative competition,” Della Coletta said at the reception. “It is our students and now, alumni, who really exemplify how visual arts, film and the humanities are foundational to understanding and exploring the human spirit. The arts teach creativity, innovation and empathy, and you’ve given us — as viewers — a unique perspective: a lens on humanity.”

All 25 submissions are available to view at the online version of the Adam D. Kamil Gallery.


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