DOKUFEST XVII WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The winners of 17th edition of DokuFest were announced at the award ceremony held today at the Lumbardhi Cinema in Prizren, following the jury deliberation. 100 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 259 films from more than 60 different countries, workshops, panels, debates, masterclasses, exhibitions and a series of live acts under the DokuNights with world stars such as Mykki Blanco, Soundwalk Collective, Sebastian Mulleart, 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 the full list of winners:
Jury: Goran Dević, Marina D. Richter, Tara Judah
BEST BALKAN WINING FILM: DISTANT CONSTELLATION by Shevaun Mizrahi
STATEMENT: An extremely accomplished film, our grand prize goes to a work of discovery that contrasts the birth of a new place with the ageing voices of a generation now forgotten. For its singular vision, its precise and affecting sound design and for its deep exploration of the human condition, we award DISTANT CONSTELLATION.
The same jury gave the “Special Mention” for the BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION to HOME OF RESISTANCE by Ivan Ramljak.
STATEMENT: We wish to acknowledge the talent of a film that not only retraces history, but deeply resonates with the now. For its immaculate technique; through exquisite framing, its use of color and a deft hand at looking over the shoulders of people and capturing their sense of melancholy and nostalgia, we give our special mention to HOME OF RESISTANCE
The same jury gave the BEST BALKAN NEWCOMER AWARD to MOMSY by Josip Lukic!
STATEMENT: For its unique sense of intimacy and openness in approaching its subject, and for its an incredible capacity to make a portrait of a family member that explores the intersections of the personal and political, from feminism to national identity, we award Best Newcomer to MOMSY.
Jury: Nico Marzano, Anna Zamecka, Ela Bittencourt, Alush Gashi, Sergio Gomes
FEATURE WINING FILM: METEORS by Gurcan Keltek
STATEMENT: For bringing lyricism and the magic of atmospheric phenomena to an urgent story of political armed conflict between the Turks and the Kurds, and creating rich textures and tensions across different cinematic languages, thus rekindling memories of a region out of sight of the mainstream media – the award goes to METEORS.
The same jury gave the SPECIAL JURY AWARD to BRAGUINO by Clement Cogitore.
STATEMENT: In a remote part of Siberia, two fueling families are locked in a spiraling battle of power and mistrust, against the background of corruption in Putin’s Russia. With Shakespearean pathos, the film reveals the depths of human nature with exquisite camerawork and storytelling – the award goes to BRAGUINO.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOX
SHORTS WINING FILM: ALIENS by Luis Lopez Carrasco
STATEMENT: A playful, fragmented film memoir in which a sidekick of the Madrid band, Los Zombies, takes us on a wild tour of Spain’s young generation in the 1980s, while her obsessive portraits of aliens poignantly reflect what it’s like to feel like a stranger in one’s own life – the award goes to ALIENS.
HUMAN RIGHTS DOX
Jury: James Berclaz – Lewis, Andrra (Fatime Kosumi), Mette Hoffmann Meyer
WINING FILM: A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
STATEMENT: Our jury has decided to award the Human Rights Dox prize to Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s A Woman Captured. With utmost care and sensitivity for its subject, this extraordinary documentary reveals the tragedy of how an otherwise clever woman can find herself trapped and victimized but, by the events it arouses, it also carries the empowering potential of the camera. Indeed it is the art form’s very ability to carry the voice of those unheard and the images of those unseen, as well as this director’s willingness to simply lend a sympathetic ear, which ultimately allows Edith to escape from the asphyxiating intimacy of her captivity to the liberating horizons she runs to. Thank you and congratulations to a documentary which has stayed with us, will undoubtedly continue to do so, and which we hope will succeed in bringing to this issue the attention it deserves.
The same jury gave “Special Mention” to ON HER SHOULDERS by Alexiandria Bombach
STATEMENT: We present a special mention to Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders which chronicles, with great craft and overwhelming emotion, the struggle fought by Nadia Murad for the people of her own Yezidi community. It powerfully sheds light on this young woman’s identity as both a resistant victim and a reluctant activist, and reveals also the enormous weight of the responsibility she bears.
Jury: Sali Shoshi, Elena Lazic, Davide Oberto
WINING FILM: WILD RELATIVES by Jumana Manna
STATEMENT: From a diverse and exciting selection of films which all, in their own unique way, brought our attention to the direct impact of environmental change on our lives, the three members of this jury all picked Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives as the winner of this year’s Green Dox Award. Although attentive and thorough, Manna’s study of the situation of seed distribution in the direct aftermath of the conflict in Syria is also strikingly gentle and subtle, its artistic language part and parcel of its empathetic, generous, and lucid perspective on consequences of technological progress and war that are too often ignored, and on the incredible resilience of the people she encounters.
Jury: Pamela Pianezza, Ina Pira, Ali Asgari
WINING FILM: FENCE by Lendita Zeqiraj
STATEMENT: The film we unanimously decided to award as the best short is not only visually striking, but also daring & empowering, reflecting on womanhood, childhood, and more generally on what it means to find your own voice in a sometimes suffocating context. Every friend of DokuFest knows it: the future is female. The best short awards goes to… Fence!
The same jury gave “Special Mentions” to the film THIRD KIND by Yorgos Zois and NO MAN IS AN ISLAND by Ali Parandian.
FILM: THIRD KIND
STATEMENT: For its audacious creativity in approaching the burning topic of migration, we would love to give a special mention to Third Kind.
FILM: NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
STATEMENT: For its poetic yet tenacious and incredibly powerful reflection on identity in a society less open minded as it would love to see itself, we want to give a special mention to No man is an island.
Jury: Ben Vandendaele, Elsa Demo, Petrit Halilaj
WINNING FILM: WAITING by Laura Kajtazi – Testa
STATEMENT: “Waiting” for the profound and humiliated view of human pain and for the abstract visual story of the past that affects in the present.
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WINING FILM: ROUTINE by Bekim Guri
STATEMENT: “Routine” for the highly poetic and fragile portrayal of the relationship between human being, city and the author.