AL JAZEERA | The Archipelago


"Beautifully shot and deceptively paced, The Archipelago depicts a rare, empathetic view of whaling focusing on self-sustainability within the Faroe Islands community. Huguet's strength is in his storytelling - his unflinching eye doesn't moralise or sensationalise. The documentary is surprising and compelling, allowing insight into the inhabitants’ reaction to the protests of the controversial act of whale hunting – an act so embedded into the culture of the islands.”  Daisy Fili, Sheffield Doc/Fest

The Archipelago is a medium-length feature film set in the Faroe Islands and investigating its inhabitants’ controversial whale-hunting practices. The film was distributed globally, winning major awards at international film festivals. It was acquired by Al Jazeera for its flagship documentary television programme, "Witness".

Sound Recordist NATASHA ROPER
Sound Designer ROB MALONE
Music Composer ANTONIO NARDI
Directed, Filmed and Produced by BENJAMIN HUGUET


Al Jazeera International (Witness) - February 15, 2016
RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal - November 11, 2016


International Documentary Association David L. Wolper Award 2016, Los Angeles, USA
Best Student Film Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, Sheffield, UK
Best Documentary Prize at CILECT 2016, Brisbane, Australia
Audience Award at Sehsüchte 2016‏, Berlin, Germany
Green Screen film festival 2017 - Best Newcomer Award, Eckernförde, Germany
FIFE 2016 : Special mention for Best Short documentary, Paris, France
Jury Prize at the International Island Film Festival 2016, Groix, France
Professional Jury Prize at the "Pêcheurs du Monde" Film Festival 2016, Lorient, France
Gaïa Student Film Award at BIFED 2015, Bozcaada Island, Turkey
Jury Prize at the "Traces de Vies" Film Festival 2016, Clermont-Ferrand, France


The International Documentary Association Awards 2015, Los Angeles, USA
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, Sheffield, UK
Le Mois du Documentaire 2015, France
Millennium International Documentary Film 2016, Brussels, Belgium
13th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival 2016, Berlin, Germany
The London Short Film Festival 2016, London, UK
The Sehsüchte film festival 2016, Babelsberg, Germany
The Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia
FIFE - The International Environmental Film Festival 2016, Paris, France
The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival 2017 Bristol, UK
Pyongyang International Film Festival 2016, Pyongyang, North Korea


Rencontres Documentaires de Clermont-Ferrand 2016, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Pêcheurs du Monde film festival 2016, Lorient, France
Tartu World Film Festival 2016, Tartu, Estonia
14th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival 2016, Gdańsk, Poland
5th Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival 2016, São Paulo, Brazil
DokumentART 2015, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Festival du Film de Douarnenez 2015, Douarnenez, France
Festival "Etonnants Voyageurs" 2016, Saint-Malo, France
Festival international du film insulaire de Groix 2016, Groix, France
BIFED - Bozcaada Film Festival for Ecological Documentary, Bozcaada, Turkey
Festival du Film de L'Ouest 2016, Rennes, France
Territoires en Images Film Festival 2016, Paris Institute of Geography, France
Terra Festival 2016, Guadeloupe, France
Savonlinna International Film Festival 2016, Savonlinna, Finland
Elliniki Etairia: Panorama Film Festival 2016, Plaka, Greece
The International Student Film Festival in Romania 2016, Bucharest, Romania
The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2016, Calgary, Canada
Marburg International Ethnographic Film Festival 2016, Marburg, Germany
Les Rencontres Hivernales du Documentaire de Grignan 2017, Grignan, France
The Peloponnese International Documentary Festival 2017, Kalamata, Greece
Bergamo Film Meeting 2017, Milan, Italy
Greenscreen - The International Wildlife Film Festival 2017, Eckernförde, Germany
Les Rencontres AdHoc 2018, Mirabel et Blacons, France


The Royal Television Award 2016, London, UK
Vision du Réel Film Festival 2015, Nyon, Suisse
The Grierson Awards 2016, London, UK