Current MFA Social Documentary Film student Raúl Paz Pastrana has been named the recipient of the 2011 Cary Grant Award by the Princess Grace Foundation, which was founded 25 years ago by Prince Rainer III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. The award recognizes Pastrana’s dedication to making “films that empower marginalized communities to tell their own stories, raise the social awareness of mainstream audiences, and document the hope, beauty, and struggles of the human spirit.”
In addition to being honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala on November 1 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, Pastrana will also receive a $20,000 scholarship to be used to fund his thesis film The Huaorani: Savages of the Oriente/Protectors of the Forest, which focuses on a group of legendary warriors that live in the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Image: Raúl Paz Pastrana. From the Princess Grace Foundation Web site.