Brazilian Gustavo Marcelo Costa and his team have been awarded this Friday with the King of Spain Journalism Prize in the Television category for the work “A Besta”, documentary about illegal immigration in Central America broadcast by Record TV in July 2019 .
The members of the jury have described the quality of the project as “extraordinary” and stressed that the recordings are “made with care despite the difficulty of some filming.” They have also underlined their “ingenious assembly” and the use of music and sound effects to “create a living atmosphere”.
Composed of two episodes, “A Besta” shows the journey of migrant families who illegally cross Central America on a freight train bound for the United States. The documentary allows to know “inside” the humanitarian crisis, the misery and hardships of the migrants who are riding in the ‘The Beast’.
Each year, 150,000 people try to reach the United States through this route and about 1,300 die on the road or are mutilated, according to the National Institute of Mexican Immigration.
“A Besta” has been chosen among 26 projects from seven different countries presented in the television category. The award is endowed with 6,000 euros (about 6,500 dollars) and a bronze sculpture by the artist Joaquín Vaquero Turcios.
The King of Spain International Journalism Awards, which this year celebrate its XXXVII edition, recognize the informational work of information professionals in Spanish and Portuguese languages every year.
They are convened by the EFE Agency and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid), and sponsored by Suez and Llorente & Cuenca.
The king of Spain will preside over the awards ceremony in a ceremony that will take place on March 23 in Madrid.