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The House I Live In, directed by Eugene Jarecki won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at Sundance Film Festival yesterday evening. The film is about America´s legal system and war on drugs that began some 40 years ago. War on Drugs has resulted in 45 million arrests making America the world´s largest jailer, according to the synopsis of the film.
The House I Live In was one of 13 awarded documentaries at Sundance yesterday evening. The Festival is one of the world´s leading independent film festival. Receiving prizes and awards at the festival is a great honor and makes way for distribution and screenings around the world. Docs & Film Festivals will be on the lookout for screenings of the awarded docs at festivals in the coming months.
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary: The Law in These Parts (Shilton Ha Chok), directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (Israel). A film about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Alexandrowicz looks at the unusual legal framework created in the occupied territories following the 1967 Six-Day War.
Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award: 5 Broken Cameras, directed by Emad Burnat (Palestine/Israel/France). The director is from a Palestinian village of Bil’in which the Israeli army made into a Jewish colony. Burnat, a peaceful activist, photographed and documented the transformation. The outcome is a personal documentary and with Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi the two create an extraordinary documentary.
Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award: Indie Game: The Movie, edited by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky (Canada). Film about Indie games and designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes. They belong to a new breed of struggling independent artists; the indie game designers.
Winner of the U.S. Documentary Competition Audience Award, presented by Acura: The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick. A film about rape and sexual crimes in the American military. It´s estimated that 30% of servicewomen are sexually assaulted by their fellow soldiers during enlistment. The courageous few who seek justice stand a little chance against the military legal system where cases are swept under the rug and few perpetrators are convicted.
Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film and Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit: Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul (Sweden/UK). Rodriguez was a 70’s U.S rock start who’s CD became a hit in South Africa after his death. Two fans decide to try to find out how Rodriguez died, and who gets the profit from all the album sales.
Winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary Filmmaking: Chasing Ice, Jeff Orlowski. National Geographic photographer James Balog did a massive photographic project placing 30 cameras across three continents to photograph climate change in action, the melting of glaciers and ice.
U.S. Documentary Editing Award to: Detropia, edited by Enat Sidi. A film about Detroit city, it´s decay and its future.
Winner of the World Cinema Cinematography Award for Documentary Filmmaking: Putin’s Kiss, cinematography by Lars Skree (Denmark). Masha Drokova is a spokesperson for Putin´s youth movement, NASHI. She befriends a group of liberal journalist, who are very critical of Putin and his regime. Her political future is a risk when her enemies become her friends.
Winner of the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film: Lauren Greenfield, director of The Queen of Versailles, a film about billionaire couple who are building a 90,000-square-foot mansion, inspired by Versailles.
Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Grace Under Pressure: Love Free or Die, directed by Macky Alston. Film about Gene Robinson, an openly gay Bishop in New Hampshire and his fight for acceptance.
Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman. A portrait of Ai Weiwei, Chinese contemporary artist and architect.
Following is the trailer for The Invisible war – the photo with this post is PR still for Chasing Ice.