04-12 AUGUST / PRIZREN, KOSOVO

 

04-12 AUGUST / PRIZREN, KOSOVO

DOKUFEST XVI WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

August 13th, 2017

The winners of 16th edition of DokuFest were announced at the award ceremony held today at the Lumbardhi Cinema in Prizren, following the jury deliberation. 102 films, representing 50 countries ran for awards in six competitive categories, as well as the audience award.

The 9-day festival activities included the screening of 254 films from 63 different countries, workshops, panels, debates, masterclasses, exhibitions and a series of live acts under the DokuNights with world stars such as Princess Nokia, and many others performing. Prizren once again became a city fully immersed in the celebration of cinema, culture and hope for the future.

Below is a full list of winners:

BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONWINNER: BUFFET ŽELJEZARA by Goran Dević

Jury: Karen Cirillo, Mimi Brody, Ognjen Glavonić,

Statement: We award BUFFET ŽELJEZARA (Steel Mill Café) as an expertly crafted portrait of a community grappling with the economic realities of a dwindling population. It deftly captures the café’s owners and visitors with subtle humor and an intimacy that conveys how difficult it is to say goodbye to one’s home.

The same jury gave the “Special Mention” for the BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION to ONI SAMO DOLAZE I ODLAZE by Boris Poljak.

Statement: ONI SAMO DOLAZE I ODLAZE /THEY JUST COME AND GO is a visually playful and jaw-dropping allegory, dedicated to subtly painting a world in which, from dawn to dusk, human life in different stages of desire and uncertainty is captured in all its directionless interweaving.

The same jury gave the BEST BALKAN NEWCOMER AWARD to MY LIFE WITHOUT AIR by Bojana Burnać.

Statement: We award MY LIFE WITHOUT AIR for its fresh and original visual approach and striking cinematography. With an assurance not often seen in a debut film, Bojana Burnac trusts her subject and audience and lets the story slowly unfold to reveal the personality and reality of a very private world-record holder.

The same jury gave the “Special Mention” for the BEST BALKAN NEWCOMER award to Gora by Stefan Malešević.

Statement: A special mention goes to Stefan Malešević’s visually striking and effortlessly rich meditation on a community of mountains and nature, animals and men. The time, tradition, rhythm and rules of life at GORA are, with the author’s curiosity and observation, brought closer and more familiar to those who might never have a chance to visit this part of the world.

INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX WINNER EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta, J.P. Sniadecki.

Jury: Carmen Gray, Cíntia Gli, Melody Gilbert, Rodolfo Castillo-Morales, Wood LIN.

Statement: With 16mm film, the filmmakers gaze into time and the desert landscape at the border between U.S. and Mexico. Signs of human life are barely visible, but the empty desert along with the soundscape serves as a vivid metaphor of everything invisible, yet influential, to our daily lives. The geographical, ideological and political aspects are also illuminated through the narrative structure as the journey unfolds. El Mar La Mar is a beautiful poem and a highly political statement in the contemporary context with sincerity.

The same jury gave the “Special Mention” for the INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX to 69 MINUTES OF 86 DAYS by Egil Håskjold Larsen.

Statement: A sensitive film that depicts the journey of a family through innocent eyes, in difficult and uncertain times of both political and social unrest, where many approaches towards the core of this film , proper or problematic could be interpreted.

INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX– WINNER: IF ONLY THERE WERE PEACE by Carmine Grimaldi, Deniz Tortum.

Jury: Carmen Gray, Cíntia Gli, Melody Gilbert, Rodolfo Castillo-Morales, Wood LIN.

Statement: An original and multi-layered exploration of power relations, identity and performance that allows us to reflect upon the function of cinema as a social and cultural tool.

HUMAN RIGHTS – WINNER: THE WAR SHOW by Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon

Jury: Laura Limani, Mante Valiunaite, Miranda Pennel

Statement: The jury was impressed by the film’s well-crafted form, intimacy of its camera and reflective quality of its narration.
The film manages to provide a close view of the resistance in Syria; it is a beautiful homage to political activism and ultimately, an intimate story of friendships lost too soon. What begins as a personal story transforms into a tale of journalistic courage and a commitment to document the brutal impacts of war on human lives from up-close.

The same jury gave the “Special Mention” for the HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD to A FEELING GREATER THAN LOVE by Mary Jirmanus Saba.

Statement: An important and timely investigation of labor histories and working class solidarity in Lebanon in the period shortly before the civil wars.

GREEN DOX – WINNER: AMA-SAN by Cláudia Varejão

Jury: Bilge Ebir, Riina Zachariassen, Uta Ibrahimi

Statement: While we were enormously impressed with the whole slate of films this year, the Green Dox award was unanimous. It goes to a work that beautifully balances a sense of community and humanity with aesthetic rigor and grace. This is a film with a keen understanding of the rhythms of nature, made by a director who not only has an incredible eye, but also knows how to immerse us in a whole world. You can sense this director’s presence in every frame of this movie, and yet she never gets in the way of the fascinating reality that she’s presenting.

INT’L SHORTS – 1st WINNER: A DROWNING MAN by Mahdi Fleifel.

Jury: Afolabi (Afo) Kuti, Jasmin Basic, Trimor Dhomi

Statement: A DROWNING MAN takes us on a captivating journey of a refugee, with no hint of patronization or heavy handedness. With drama that teases audiences to not only follow but engage. Mahdi Fleifel has created a stunning film with depth and breath.

INT’L SHORTS – 2nd WINNER: THE CHIMERICAL MUSEUM OF SHIFTING SHAPES by Damián Alquichire.

Statement: THE CHIMERICAL MUSEUM OF SHIFTING SHAPES is a world premiere at DokuFest and the jury were entranced by the oneness of the imagery with composed music. Damiàn Alquichire crafted every aspect of the film single handedly partnering only on the music. His talent is original and unique with a voice that cuts through cinema.

NATIONAL COMPETITION – WINNER: SANS LE KOSOVO by Dea Gjinovci

Jury: Astrit Kabashi, Iris Elezi, Jing Hasse.

Statement: Beauty, poetry and sensitivity are to be found in this honest portrayal of a father and daughter on a journey, longing to understand the wounds of the past. The National Competition Jury awards the main prize to the film SANS LE KOSOVO / WITHOUT KOSOVO, directed by Dea Gjinovci, for its warmth and sense of wonder, and its pure embodiment of human dignity. Befitting the theme of this Dokufest edition, we wish Dea a bright future.

The same jury gave the “Special Mention” for the NATIONAL COMPETITION AWARD to ETHNOPHOBIA by Joan Zhonga

Statement: For an exquisite attention to detail, a great sense of humor, love, patience and the director’s mastery of the craft, we award a special mention to the film ETHNOPHOBIA. Filmmaker Joan Zhonga has gifted us with a joyous film that touches the hearts of children and grown-ups alike.

AUDIENCE AWARD

Me dasht’ Me dasht’ Me dasht’ nga Ilir Hasanaj.