Taken from the idfa site: The VPRO Joris Ivens Award was presented to Anders Østergaard for Burma VJ – Reporting From a Closed Country. The film consists almost completely of material filmed in secret by a group of reporters during the uprising against the military dictatorship in Burma in September 2007. According to jury chair Bianca Stigter, the film is “a harrowing reminder of the power and the weakness of images.” (Anders Østergaard also took some awards at the cph:dox, click search)
The VPRO Joris Ivens Award consists of a sculpture and € 12,500.
The jury of the Joris Ivens Competition also awarded a Special Jury Award to Rick Minnich and Matthew Sweetwood for Forgetting Dad (Germany), which deals with the emotional consequences for those around him of the sudden and inexplicable loss of memory suffered by Minnich’s father.
Aliona van der Horst received the Silver Wolf Award for Boris Ryzhy (the Netherlands), about the Russian poet Boris Ryzhy, who tragically died at an early age, and Yekaterinburg, the grey industrial city that had a great deal of influence on his life and work. Jury chair Thomas White said that, “although none of the jury members had heard of the poet in advance, Van der Horst manages to immerse the viewer in his world, while at the same time giving us a glimpse of the Russian soul”. The Silver Wolf consists of € 10,000, made available by the NPS.
For the first time, the Silver Wolf jury also presented a Special Jury Award to Lady Kul el Arab (Israel) by Ibtisam Mara’ana.
The winner of the Silver Cub Competition, for documentaries up to 30 minutes, was also announced. Slaves – An Animated Documentary (Sweden/Norway/Denmark) by Hanna Heilbronn and David Aronowitsch won the Silver Cub Award, worth € 5,000.
filmkommentaren.dk has not yet, alas, had the chance to watch and review the winning films. It will happen asap.