Article in the Indian Newslink
‘Ink and Gold: An Artist’s Journey to Olympic Glory’ is a short form documentary that follows the journey of New Zealand artist and athlete, Zakea Page, winning the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games medal design competition and fulfilling a lifelong dream to perform at the opening ceremonies.
The film was shot over the course of one week in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games and weaved together with self-taped footage of Zakea’s younger years as an athlete and artist. Accompanied with interviews of his family, ‘Ink and Gold’ highlights the connection between art and sport in bringing together peoples of diverse cultures and backgrounds to bridge barriers of language and foster connections, mutual understanding, and respect for one another. It also aims to dismantle the requirements of young people to choose between the two.
The story, artwork and design work in the film are a reflection of Mr. Page’s non-traditional upbringing as the child of international teachers and the many different cultures and experiences he was exposed to in New Zealand, Kuwait, Viet Nam, England, Bangladesh and China. These experiences are the foundation for his medal design, entitled “Beauty in Diversity”, to embody the Olympic celebration of respect, friendship and excellence, honouring every athlete's (and in this case, artist’s) journey
to the Games.
Throughout his childhood, the ideals of the Olympic movement inspired Zakea. The film beautifully encapsulates the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin to combine muscles and mind. Known as the father of the modern Olympic Games, de Coubertin believed that athletic competition promotes understanding across cultures to better demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship which properly considers fairness, ethics, respect and a sense of fellowship.
“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” - Pierre de Coubertin
This idea of the importance in ‘the struggle to overcome’ was further cemented when Zakea discovered the works of American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, who worked to educate others on the importance of valuing human diversity. This focus made it all the more important for Mr. Page to surround himself with the diverse, inclusive and multicultural production team from New Zealand, England, India and America.
A poetic and uplifting portrait of a young man looking for connection with humanity combining art and sport in expressive form, Ink and Gold is filled with hope and the limitless possibility of tomorrow.
A message from the Director
As a child, it was always a dream of mine to win an Olympic medal. Designing the medals and performing at the 2020 Lausanne Youth Olympic Games was both a humbling and invaluable experience in which I realised the value of risk-taking, rising to meet a challenge, and taking part in the Games.
It is my belief that sport and art require a strong drive for excellence, dedication, and detail. Having traveled around the world, I witnessed how art and sport both bring together communities and people of diverse backgrounds. Artistry and competition bridge barriers of language and foster connections, mutual understanding, and respect for one another.
Drawing synergy from both art and sport, my performance at the Opening Ceremony was a statement against the stereotypical art vs sports dichotomy that New Zealand youth are very often forced into.
The documentary highlights the connection between art and sport to demonstrate that investing in both is culturally beneficial for New Zealand, the world of sport, and humanity. It is an opportunity to share what I learned and experienced - a reflection on my individual Olympic journey and the fact that we are all multi-faceted beings. It is my hope that the audience develops a deeper understanding of the beliefs and values that went into my performance - values that align with the Olympic movement which I take pride in as an artist, an athlete, and a New Zealander:
Innovation, creativity, and an appreciation for beauty in diversity.
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2023 Film Festival Official Selection & Awards
• 4theatre selection (Italy) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Accolade Global Film Competition (CA, US) - Best Documentary Short & Best Editing Awards
• Boden International Film Festival (Sweden) - Semi-Finalist Best Documentary Short
• Cambodia Film Festival (Cambodia) - Official Selection
• Dilmun International Film Festival (Bahrain) - Best Documentary Short & Best Poster Awards
• Doha Independent Film Festival (Qatar) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Emiratis Film Festival (Oman) - Official Selection
• Golden Nugget International Film Festival (London, UK) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Gulf Tiger International Film Festival (United Arab Emirates) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Gwangju International Film Festival (Republic of Korea) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Havelock International Film Festival (India) - Best Documentary Short, Best Director, Best Editor & Best Producer Awards
• Indo French International Film Festival (India) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Indo Singapore International Film Festival (India) - Best Documentary Short, Best Editor & Best Concept Awards
• International Film Festival Belgium (Belgium) - Best Documentary Short Award
• International Online Web Fest (Italy) - Best Documentary Short, Best Young Director & Best Original Song Awards, as well as
Nominee for Best Editor, Best Cinematographer & Best Sound Design Awards
• International World Film Awards (Slovakia) - Official Selection
• Lion city International Film Festival (Singapore) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Liverpool Indie Awards // LIA (UK) - Official Selection
• Muscat International Film Festival (Oman) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Nitiin International Film Festival (Malaysia) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Osaka International Film Festival (Japan) - Official Selection
• Paris Short Film Festival (France) - Official Selection / To be screened & judged in 2024
• Poombukar Independent Film Festival (India) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Qatar Indie Film Festival (Qatar) - ‘Critics Choice’ Best Documentary Short Award
• Rohip International Film Festival (India) - ‘Special Mention’ Best Documentary Short Award
• San Antonio Independent Film Festival (Ecuador) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Santa Dev International Film Festival (India) - Best Documentary Short & Best Editing Awards
• Saudi Arabia International Film Festival (Saudi Arabia) - Best Documentary Short Award
• South Pacific Film Festival / NZ Independent Film Festival (New Zealand) - Quarterfinalist, Best NZ Short Award
• Stockholm City Film Festival (Sweden) - Official Selection
• Suwon-Si International Film Festival (Republic of Korea) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Tekka International Film Festival (Singapore) - Best Documentary Short Award
• The IndieFEST Film Awards (CA, USA) - Official Selection
• Tylos International Film Festival (Bahrain) - Best Documentary Short Award
• Wisdom Tree International Film Festival (India) - Official Selection
Screenings & Events
Ink and Gold Movie
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NZ Independent Film Festival screenings (part of South Pacific Film Festival) includes shorts from 6 continents. Entry at 6.30 and screening starts at 7pm. This will be our 2nd screening in New Zealand. ‘Ink and Gold: An Artist’s Journey to Olympic Glory’ will also be up for an Audience Award alongside a place in the festival finals in August held in Nelson and Wellington. So if you or anyone you know is around Nelson at the end of March, please feel free to drop in, view our film, and support the festival!