Joshua Oppenheimer wins again. Which are the best films at One World 2015?
09. 03. 2015 | 10:00
The juries of the 17th annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival granted eight awards. The award for Best Film this year went to The Look of Silence by American director Joshua Oppenheimer, who took home the same award at One World 2013 for his film The Act of Killing. Both documentaries deal with the same topic: the mass murder of accused communists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
The Grand Jury selected from among 15 documentaries in the Main Competition.
The Best Film Award went to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, which was represented at the festival by producer Signe Byrge Sørensen. „The Best Film Award goes to a film that had a strong directorial vision, sustained a years-long focus on its subject and told a story that defies expectations while directly confronting a lingering legacy of genocide in Indonesia,“ reads the jury statement.
The jury granted the Best Director Award to Democrats by Camilla Nielsson (Denmark / 2014 / 108 min.), who came to Prague to present her film. „This film stood out for its raw portrayal of the struggle to write a new constitution in a country ruled with an iron fist by the brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. The director of this film told this complex story by following two adversaries who embodied the stark conflicts inherent in building a new country from scratch,“ reads the jury statement.
Special Mention went to director Judy Rymer for I Will Not Be Silenced (Australia / 2014 / 84 min.).
„We award a Special Mention to a film whose main character undertook a gruelling 7 year battle. After a nearly unspeakable crime, Charlotte challenged a biased system to find justice for herself and set an inspiring example for other women in the Kenyan slum of Kibera,“ reads the jury statement.
Václav Havel Jury
The Václav Havel Jury selected from among 11 documentaries in the Right To Know category. The award for a film that makes an exceptional contribution to the defence of human rights went to Those Who Said No by director Nima Sarvestani. The award will be collected by a protagonist and an initiator of the Iran Tribunal Iraj Mesdaghi who is coming to Prague. „This documentary is first and foremost a message to whoever commits human rights violations: they will be held accountable. The perseverance of those victims and their relatives deserves the highest recognition, because in the spirit of Vaclav Havel they are the proof that one person can make a difference,“ reads the jury statement.
The Václav Havel Jury granted Special Mention to A Quiet Inquisition by directors Alessandra Zeka and Holen Kahn. „We aim at recognising the bravery of the medical staff filmed in the documentary and at highlighting an issue unknown to many. We further hope that the authorities of Nicaragua will recognise the need to provide medical care to those in need and change its legislation accordingly,“ reads the jury statement.
Czech Radio Jury
The Czech Radio Jury grants an award for the innovative use of music and sound in documentary film. This year the award went to The Queen of Silence by director Agnieszka Zwiefka, who will return to Prague to collect the prize. „The Queen of Silence provides a unique insight into the interior world and sense of sound of a girl with a severe hearing handicap. In this documentary, the role of sound is as important as the image, and at times even more important. The music used in the film subtly underscores the parallel worlds of the central character, Denisa, a dancer,“ reads the jury statement.
The Student Jury Award went to Warriors from the North by directors Søren Steen Jespersen and Nasib Farah. „The film looks at a pressing issue from a non-traditional perspective. The film gives students the opportunity to reflect on the questions of social inclusion and the unwillingness to accept religious or cultural differences. We also appreciate the fact that the documentary is not judgmental and does not jump to simplistic conclusions. The student jury also commends the authors’ ability to create an authentic and totally absorbing atmosphere,“ reads the jury statement.
Avast Foundation Audience Award
The best documentary according to the spectators is Virunga. If the film was given grades as in school, the average would be 1.14.