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The Witness documentaries and filmmakers who have been attracting international critical acclaim.

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Child Miners 

Rodrigo Vazquez's heartbreaking tale of two young boys toiling in a Bolivian tin mine has been nominated for several awards.

Child Miners by Bethnal Films was shortlisted for the Silver Wolf Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2008 and at the Guadalajara Film Festival in 2009

It was nominated for the best documentary at the Basel-Karsruhe Idee Suisse Prize 2009, at the Thessaloniki Film Festival 2009 , at the DerHumalc 2009 Film Festival in Buenos Aires, and at the Cypros film Festival 2009

Rodrigo Vazquez won the documentary Grand Prize at the Montreal Human Rights Festival 2009 for Child Miners.                                                  

 

 

Two Schools in Nablus

 

 

Tom Evans and George Azar's insight for Flashback Television into the risks and difficulties that constitute school life in the West Bank won the prestigious  2009 Royal Television Society educational award for adult training .

It was also awarded  the Japan Prize in the President of NHK Prize in 2008.  

Part two            Part three            Part four

Return to Nablus

Witness returns to Nablus for the final months of the academic year, to complete the year-in-the-life observation of two schools under Israeli occupation.

Return to Nablus  was nominated for International Emmy Awards in 2009. 

 

 

 

Voices of the Heart

 

 

 

Amie Williams' Voices of the Heart  looks at a new Arapaho native immersion school on the remote Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and the broader issues of immersion language education in indigenous communities in the US.

Voices of the Heart by Balmaiden Films was nominated for  Best Documentary at the Santa Fe Film Festival 2009.

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Hair India

Hair India by Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi follows the journey of a young Indian woman's hair - donated to a temple to then be converted into exquisite hair extensions in Italy.

Produced by B&Bfilm, it examines the cult of beauty in the era of globalisation.

Hair India won the International Premios Ondas Award 2009 as Best International Programme, the film received the Jury Prize at the Guangzhou Documentary Festival 2009, and was awarded the Special Award at the Mediterraneo Video Festival 2010.

 

 

 

Silent Bombs

 

 

 

 

Gerald Sperling's  Silent Bombs: All for the Motherland  about the unknown legacy of Soviet nuclear testing in Kazakhstan was number one in the  social/political category in December at the Saskatchewan Showcase .

At the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Rob King, the director of  Silent Bombs,  was nominated for  Best Direction in a Documentary Programme,  and Matt Phillips, the cinematographer, was nominated for  Best Photography in a Documentary Programme or Series.

Silent Bombs: All for the Motherland won five awards at the Yorkton Film Festival 2010, including the 2010 Best of Festival  - and was the first Saskatchewan-made film ever to receive such an honour.

The film also received the awards for  Best Social Political Documentary,   Best of Saskatchewan Ruth Shaw award,  Rob King for  Best Director Non-Fiction,  Carrie-May Siggins for  Best Research at the Yorkton Film Festival. 

Sari Stories

Sue Sudbury's Sari Stories  is the extraordinary story of young women in rural India who are being trained to make videos.

Produced by Sequoia Films, it offers an unprecedented view of a world of child marriage, child labour and domestic abuse, but also a look at how the women use the cameras to challenge traditional ways of life and to transform their lives.

Sari Stories won the Media Innovation Awards 2010 for the best programme in the Television category.

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Qadir - An Afghan Ulysses

 

   

 

Qadir - An Afghan Ulysses by Anneta Papathanassiou, produced by Haris Padouvas and Photini Economopoulou, tells the story of an Afghan refugee in Greece who decides to return to his country after eight years to search for his family.

Qadir  won the  Japan Foundation President's Prize  at the  Japan Prize 2009, the International Contest for Educational Media . It received the  Best Documentary Award at the Roma Fiction Fest 2008,  and the  Best Documentary Award Miradas.doc at the Guia de Isora International Documentary Film Festival 2009  in Spain.

 

Sugartown: The Day After

Sugartown: The Day After by Kimon Tsakiris and Rea Apostolides tells the story of how a small community in Greece and its environment fall victim to the forces of 'disaster capitalism'.

The documentary won the Bronze Medal at the Grand Prix International URTI du documentaire d'Auteur 2010 and was shortlisted for the final phase of the International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage (CMCA).

 

 

Super 30

 

 

Chris Mitchell's moving series of films on the attempts to give the chance of a university education to the brightest minds in India's poorest state, Bihar, was awarded the audience award for best documentary  at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the  River to River Festival in Florence  in 2008.

  

 

Inside the Red Mosque
In the days before the storming of the occupied Red Mosque in Islamabad in the summer of 2007 Rageh Omaar and his team were the last TV crew inside the mosque.

This exclusive coverage earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Farrah Durrani of Midwinter Productions. 
 

 


Gaza Fixer

 

 

 

Foreign reporters in conflict zones often rely on local 'fixers' - people who earn a living helping journalists get their stories.

George Azar's poignant account of the dangers facing Palestinian journalists in Gaza was nominated for the prestigious Rory Peck Award for Features. 

 

Photographing the Exodus


Juan Medina has expertly captured the despair of failed asylum seekers from Mali.

Justin Webster's expert profile of the photographer and his work has subsequently gained critical acclaim.

Selected for Prix Europa , Photographing the Exodus was a winner at the Festival International Grand Reportage in France.

It placed second at the Festival Internacional Santiago Alvaraz in Cuba , and was the winner of the "Manos Unidades" prize at the XIX Concurso Television in Spain in 2007. 

 

 

 

Deadly Playground

 

 

One boy's personal mission to clear the cluster bombs scattered across his native southern Lebanon was expertly captured by Katia Saleh of Batoota Films.  


Deadly Playground has been touring since 2007 with the   International Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Beirut under Siege

It is a hot summer in Lebanon, as Beirut-born filmmaker Katia Saleh documents how the month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah in July 2006 war affected individual Lebanese families.

Beirut under Siege is the winner of Best Editing at the Siole e Luna Doc Festival in Palermo, Italy

 

 

Encounter Point

 

 

 

Encounter Point,  a unique film about hope, courage, and vital Palestinian and Israeli grassroots peace efforts, won the  Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San   Francisco International Film Festival. 

It won the same award at the  Recontres Film Festival in Montreal , both in 2006.  

It was also awarded the Best Musical Score Award at the Bend Film Festival, the 2006 Spirit of Freedom Award at the  Bahamas Film Festival, and was mentioned in the  Feature Documentary category at the 2010 Fargo Film Festival.

Mitumba

Raffaele Brunetti tells the story of a t-shirt and what happens if you give your second-hand clothes to an African charity.

Mitumba, the Second-Hand Road received the Globo d'oro award for Best Documentary in 2005 ; it also won the Award Legambiente at the Torino Cinema Ambiente 2005 .

It was the winner of the Napoli Film Festival 2007,   earning the Cinema del Reale Award 2006.

 

 

 

Bama's Journey

 

 

 

Alfred Bama works at the Limbe Wildlife Centre, a sanctuary for young primates and great apes orphaned by the illegal bush-meat trade.

His dedication to the gorillas takes him from the gorilla sanctuary in Cameroon to a zoo in Northern England.

Filmmaker Nicky Chalk followed Bama on his adventure and the film won the   UWE Children's Choice Panda Award at the  Wildscreen Film Festival 2008 , which is widely regarded as the most prestigious wildlife film festival in the world.

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