Directed by Zhivar Farajzadeh, the short title has been nominated for the award of the Documentary Short Films category at the US event.
The 5-min ‘Serok’ follows a day in the life of Serok, a young boy, forced to stand in as the shepherd for his father's flock during the summer.
“No matter where we live or what we do, financial struggles usually impact the children most - education suffers; dreams take a back seat. We hope that, at least, Serok gets the opportunity to become a policeman and drive his car. Only time will tell,” description to the film reads.
Some of the international film festivals attended by ‘Serok’ include the 5th CinéStudent International Film Festival in France, the Inshort Film Festival in the UK, the 3rd annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival in the US, the International Children’s Rights Film Festival in Turkey, the Covellite International Film Festival in the US, the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival in South Korea, the Cefalù Film Festival in Italy, the 4th Realtime International Film Festival in Nigeria, and the Golden Bull Film Festival in Turkey.
‘Serok’ is also the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2nd Sulaimaniyah Children’s Film Festival in Iraq.
The Scout filmfest will screen 151 international films from April 16 to 18.
The attending filmmakers will share their views through their works which are screened at the event.
The event received more than 1300 submissions and more than 50 percent of the selected works are made by women and people of color.