Arunas Matelis (DCM 2001): News, Awards, Quotes


Before Flying Back to the Earth by Arunas Matelis (DCM 2001) encourages and provokes worldwide charity actions. In July 2006, a Japanese delegation with significant businessmen, artists and politicians came to Vilnius. They said that the film (which they watched during the EU film days in Tokyo) inspired them to come to the children hospitals in Lithuania to start organising charity work. One of leading Japanese children doctors, Dr. Atsushi Makimoto, said: "Lithuania has a weapon against cancer. It is this film".

This is just one example of how people reacted after seeing the film. According to NOMINUM, there are a plethora of people who try to help, either by visiting, bringing presents or by donating money for the sick children.

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NPS Silver Wolf Award
for the best documentary under 60 minutes
IDFA 2005, Amsterdam/The Netherlands

Golden Dove
for Documentary Films & Videos/Long Metrage (longer than 45 min)
International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2005, Leipzig/Germany

Nomination for Best European Documentary 2005 (Prix ARTE)
European Film Academy, Berlin/Germany

The Best Lithuanian Film 2005 (Lithuanian "OSCAR")

Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award

Spirit Award for Documentary
Brooklyn International Film Festival 2006, Brooklyn, New York/USA

Big Stamp Award
for the best film in the International Competition Program
ZagrebDOX 2006, Zagreb/Croatia

Jury First Prize
International Documentary Festival Documenta Madrid 2006, Madrid/Spain

Grand Prix
20th Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival 2006, Pärnu/Estonia

DOCS Rx Honorable Mention
Silverdocs 2006, Washington/USA


"A testament to the power of documentary storytelling."
Jury Statement, International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2005

"Every detail is carefully chosen, composed and edited, constituting a great poetic work, full of emotion, love and respect."
DOX Magazine

"Matelis does not demand anything - just to have a glance beyond the limits of your personal world. The film makes you do that. And it is no longer possible to avert your eyes from that light."
Literature and Art Weekly