Award of Merit – “Break the Chain” (Australia)

Title: Break The Chain
Runtime: 5 min
Country: Australia
Director: Angelena Bonet
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March 31, 2019

Synopsis: Angelena Bonet is a warrior in the fight to end violence against women. With a fierce commitment to helping victims heal, and take back their life, she brings to bear a multitude of talents, wisdom and personal experience. Violence and tragedy are not strangers to Angelena. In 2007, the love of her life and her fiancé, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. In 2012, Angelena was the victim of a violent crime in her homeland. Only from the depths of her despair and darkest days has she truly found her voice and the courage to share about her experiences and to speak out about issues generally swept under the carpet by society. Angelena has multiple outlets for her commitment to supporting non-violence and health recovery. She sends a powerful message of self-love and healing and is proud to share her biopic documentary ‘Angelena: Change The World’, which she dedicates to her late fiancé and soul mate, Erick Deeby. She produced, directed and edited the film in its entirety, including the original music score which she co-wrote her late fiancé. From Australian supermodel to award winning documentary filmmaker, singer/songwriter and global women’s rights activist, Angelena cites the making of her film as having an intense healing effect on her and is proud to share her story. 

Angelena has created two documentary feature films (‘Angelena: Change The World’ and the sequel ‘Angelena: Heart Of The Matter’) and her short film ‘Change The World’ which she wrote, produced, directed, edited and co-wrote and sang the soundtrack in its entirety, which have won 32 awards in America thus far.

Angelena’s Global Shorts statuettes for both her wins – CHANGE THE WORLD and BREAK THE CHAIN. Congratulations, Angelena!