It’s too much to mention all the winners of the Dokufest Prizren 2015, that ended last night – you can find them all on the website, including the jury statements, that in general are very good, which is not always the case from film juries.
Of course you will smile when a Dane as the first award mentions a Danish film, “Democrats” (photo) by Camilla Nielsson, “the excuse” is that the jury motivation is precise for this great film: In this film, the jury found a remarkably refreshing, nuanced and honest approach to a very delicate story – the struggle of individuals and societies to achieve compromise and harmony in the face of divisive and abusive power structures. Through wonderful cinematography and editing, a captivating narrative and stunning behind the scenes access, the director portrays the inner-workings of a rare process for the 21st century – a country’s attempt to set the foundations for human rights and accountable institutions and to challenge raw arbitrary power.
“Virunga” by Orlando von Einsiedel got the Green Dox Award, Vladimir Tomic won the Balkan Documentary Competition with “Flotel Europa” and there were awards for known experimenting directors like Ben Rivers, Mike Hoolboom and Travis Wilkerson.
Hope to get a chance to watch some of the locally produced prizewinners.