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One World 2011 winners

The 13th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival presented awards to this year's winners Thursday night. The Best Film Award went to the Spanish doc 108 by Renate Costa. Jerzy Sladkowski's Vodka Factory earned the Grand Jury Special Mention. Filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi received the Best Director Award, along with the Vaclav Havel Jury Special Award. 18.03.2011 / festival news, for viewers, awards, czech docs, east european docs, East Silver
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One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
March 8 - 17, 2011
Prague / Czech Republic

Closing ceremony: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - The festival juries have had their say and selected this year´s winners - films and directors.

The Best Film Award: 108
(Cuchillo de Palo / Renate Costa / Spain / 2010 / 93 min.) From the statement of the Grand Jury: "This was a courageous and compelling personal investigation on film. Through the unravelling of an uncle's mysterious life and death, director Renate Costa explores the criminalisation and repression of gay men in Paraguay's 1980s dictatorship. A film in which private and collective memories collide to produce a brilliantly layered and cinematically beautiful account of homophobia past and present, and its associated suffering, which has profound universal relevance. A film of rare wisdom."

The Best Director Award: The Green Wave (The Green Wave / Ali Samadi Ahadi / Germany, Iran / 2010 / 80 min.)From the statement of the Grand Jury: "The director took us inside the 2009 Iranian popular movement with compelling storytelling and innovative use of social media like blogs and twitter, as well as techniques such as animation. An extraordinary employment of archival footage brought home the enormous power of the people on the streets of Teheran. In reviving memories of individual suffering and collective strength, with great emotional power, this film represents all the popular democratic movements of the modern era, prior to and following the Iran upheaval of 2009."

The Grand Jury Award Special Mention: Vodka Factory (Vodkafabriken / Jerzy Sladkowski / Sweden / 2010 / 90 min.) From the statement of the Grand Jury: "A film which portrays two generations of women in a small Russian town confronting a world defined by violent, alcoholic men. The film powerfully deals with the issues of domestic violence, single-motherhood, the rights of children and aspirations of single women young and all. This it deals not with stridency, but delicately weaving the issues into the fabric of subjects with a deeply humanistic Chekhovian compassion."

The Rudolf Vrba Jury Award: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan (The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan / Jamie Doran / UK / 2010 / 52 min.) From the statement of the Rudolf Vrba Jury: "The disenfranchisement women and children in society was a thread in a few of the films in this category. We strongly feel that this documentary makes the link to these systematic violations of fragility of women and children that happens in the context of patriarchy, religious structures, feudal systems and personal lust, greed and power. This is fuelled by corruption and lawlessness that enables it to thrive and continue. This specific film highlights a universals message of power of those vulnerable abused young boys that is masked by cultural traditions which is here uncovered as child sexual slavery. These young boys are openly bought, abducted, sold, sexually abused, traded and in some cases murdered. [...]

The Rudolf Vrba Jury awards Special Mention: Love Me, Please (Lubite menia, pojaluista / Valery Balayan / Russia / 2010 / 75 min.) From the statement of the Rudolf Vrba Jury: "Valery Balayan film portraying the murders of human rights defender and lawyer Stanislav Markelov and investigative journalist Anastasia Baburova, highlights the systematic climate of fear and intimidation in Russia that also supports the growth of Neo-Nazism.
The unchecked rise of neo-Nazism in Russia and its growth in Europe is not only a threat to human rights of a civil society but also a step back for humanity. [...]

The Václav Havel Jury Special Award: The Green Wave (The Green Wave / Ali Samadi Ahadi / Germany, Iran / 2010 / 80 min.)

The Czech Radio Award: In the Lands of Silence - Nikolai and Ludmila (V krajinách ticha - Nikolaj a Ludmila / Zdeněk N. Bričkovský / Czech Republic / 2011 / 65 min.) From the statement of the Czech Radio Jury: "The documentarian approach towards life in a remote landscape of the Siberian taiga by Zdeněk N. Bričkovský makes full use of sound - which is not only a part of the film background, but above all becomes a full and complex complement to the visual element of the film. [...] The director utilizes the sounds of nature, often recorded at exaggerated intensity, together with music interpreted by classical instruments, Nikolai's songs, and synthetic sounds. The full sound, its stereophonic perception, the understanding for minute detail, and the contrastive use of silence - all of these contribute significantly towards the very intriguing and very poetic image of the film."

VŠEM Audience Award: Autumn Gold (Herbstgold / Jan Tenhaven / Germany, Austria / 2010 / 94 min.) From the statement of the Student Jury: "The Students' Jury has chosen Thembi, an original film dedicated to the problem of AIDS in South Africa, as the winning film. The documentary is ideally suited to approach students with its story of the main protagonist who does not lose her optimism even when faced with an incurable illness. Thanks to her determination and admirable energy she is able to surpass the local taboos and openly speak about her own illness with other African students. Through the silver screen she can spread her message directly among our peers. We also commend the animated sequences in the film invoking an intimate atmosphere and allowing us to reach Thembi's soul." [The film is included in East Silver 2010]

The Student Jury Award: Thembi (Thembi / Jo Menell / South Africa / 2010 / 48 min)

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