BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School freshman Chris Zou won the Audience Favorite Award for his film "High School Defusal" in the 2020 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest.

The award is big because there is only one awarded from the whole festival, while the other awards have a high school winner and a college winner.

"Thanks for your support of Chris's film and the BRHS media department," said media teacher Chris Black. "We appreciate the support."

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Awards were announced online April 6 in the categories of Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary, Best Acting Performance and Best Direction.

The film, Zou said, is a metaphorical portrayal of a clumsy high schooler's life, and makes an analogy between defusing a bomb and taking a test.

"Also, a critical connection is made when the student talks to 'itself,'" he said. "This is because of the reluctant and overconfident behavior of the student."

"The 'brain' or 'other person' is perhaps someone to add even more doubt or uncertainty into the student," he added. "In the end, the student answers the last question and the bomb explodes."