Anglia Ruskin student scoops United Nations awards

Published: 7 November 2011 at 14:18

Film-maker Chris will jet off to New York after ‘Breaking into the Museum’

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A talented Anglia Ruskin University student has won two prestigious awards at the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, an international event with awards established by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

Chris Lamontagne’s short film Black to Yellow ( has been awarded the Plural+ Roots & Routes Award and the Plural+ Scalabrini International Network Award.

Chris, who is in the second year of a BA (Hons) Photography degree at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, will travel to New York City to receive his prizes at the Paley Centre for Media on 10 November, and will document his experience on film.

Black to Yellow was conceived, written and directed by Chris – who also appears in the film – during his participation in ‘Breaking into the Museum’, a creative transnational initiative devised and led by Manifesta – with support from the Octavia Foundation – that introduced young people to issues surrounding heritage and curatorship.

The three-minute film is a spoken-word performance, set against footage and experiences from Chris’ visit to the Museum of London as part of ‘Breaking into the Museum’, focusing on one of the museum’s exhibits – Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889.

The 20-year-old said:

“When I heard that I had won these awards, it was a massive shock. At first I didn’t understand how my video could have so much impact, it was after hearing the comments from friends and family that I realised how powerful this video was.

“It gave me a voice to express myself to a wider world to show undercover sociological aspects in western countries. It inspires me and gives me more confidence on reaching for success in life.”

The PLURAL+ Video Festival was launched to explore themes related to migration, integration, inclusivity and diversity. The festival is an empowering platform for young people across the world to speak out about what they think of these issues and more information can be found at