London, Dec 6 (UNI) Noted Indian film-maker 'Jaya' Jayalakshmi has been awarded a top prize today in the Commonwealth Vision Awards 2007 at a Gala Awards Ceremony held at the Royal Commonwealth Society here.
Ms Jayalakshmi was highly commended for her 90-second work, entitled ''Paper! Paper!'', which celebrates the many ways in which paper is recycled in India today and for her interpretation of the Vision Awards theme - ''Changing communities, greening the globe.'' For her, India's initiative in recycling this everyday product provided the perfect inspiration to write and direct a film which conveys strong social messages in a creative way. The winner, who works in London, believes that recycling ''stands as an example and a symbol of traditional Indian values under threat today but still surviving,'' and adds that it is symbolic of India ''to conserve anything that may be of use, to let nothing go to waste.'' Jayalakshmi received her Award from Vision Awards Guest of Honour, Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon. The ceremony was presided over by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and a former Commonwealth Secretary-General.
The Commonwealth Vision Awards 2007 have seen a strong Indian presence, with another entrant of Indian origin from Fiji Raltesh Chandra's film 'The Gill Family' being highly appreciated. It was co-directed with Robert Zraick and focuses on a ''typical family'' that lives underwater due to the effects of global warming.
The top prize in the 2007 Vision Awards went to Jacqueline van Meygaarden, a film-maker from South Africa, for her film entry, 'Free Energy'. Five other short-listed entries came from: India (2), Pakistan, Antigua and Barbuda, and Canada.