29 November 2003, Rome - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf conferring the Boerma Award 2003 to Marcelo Canellas, during the Opening session of the FAO Conference, Thirty-second Session, Rome, 29 November -9 December 2003. One of Brazil's most well-respected documentary film makers and journalists, Marcelo Canellas received the 2002-2003 Boerma Award for bringing tough and often sensitive issues to primetime television. His work has had a powerful impact -- both among politicians and ordinary viewers. In 2001 he made a series of five documentaries on the causes and effects of hunger in Brazil. Some 35 million people viewed the documentaries, which were credited with influencing political thinking on the issue.