Arash Eshaqi took home the best film award of the 21st edition of the Turkish film fest, which hosted a total of 1400 documentaries from 97 countries this year on September 6-8.
The 64-minute documentary is about an 80-year-old man known for having danced at local ceremonies and celebrations dressed as a woman in his youth.
He now lives as a farmer, taking care of cows. This film captures the man’s continued pursuit of happiness through dancing.
‘Gracefully’ is the winner of the Directors Guild Award at the 2019 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan. It also went on screen at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival in the UK.
The International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival is a three-day event, aimed at maintaining cultural heritage and preservation.