The Invisible War (pictured), The Act of Killing, Bully, Give up Tomorrow and The Interrupters are the five docs vying for the €50,000 (US$66,300) Puma Impact Award.
The award, a collaboration between the sportswear company and the Britdoc Foundation, celebrates and supports the documentary film that has made the most significant positive impact on society or the environment.
The five docs will be assessed by a jury including actors Susan Sarandon and Gael Garcia Bernal, and activist Ricken Patel.
“We are very grateful to Puma for enabling this important initiative highlighting the outstanding work of this group of filmmakers,” said Jess Search, Britdoc Foundation CEO. “It’s an incredibly competitive set of finalists in 2013. Each and every project has the highest quality filmmaking at its heart, around which are built campaigns for social justice with huge ambitions.”
The winning film will be announced at the Puma Impact Award Celebration in New York on November 13.
Descriptions for the Puma Impact Award finalists, provided by Britdoc, follow below:
The Act of Killing (Denmark, 2012)
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, co-directed by Anonymous and Christine Cynn, produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen, challenges unrepentant death squad leader Anwar Congo and his friends to dramatize their role in the Indonesian genocide.
The result is an exposé of a regime of corruption, impunity, and fear built by the perpetrators, and which largely remains in place to this day. The film has begun a shift in discourse in Indonesia and its understanding of its own difficult past.
Bully (USA, 2011)
Directed by Lee Hirsch, produced by Cynthia Lowen, investigates the most common form of violence young people in the U.S. experience: this year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied. The wide reach of the film put bullying firmly on the map in the U.S., and makes it acceptable to talk about the issue.
Give Up Tomorrow (USA, 2011)
Directed by Michael Collins, produced by Marty Syjuco exposes shocking corruption within the judicial system of the Philippines in one of the most sensational trials in the country’s history – that of Paco Larrañaga, a 19-year-old student who was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of two sisters, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence.
The film has led a remarkable ongoing campaign to overturn the ruling, enabling Paco to be re-housed in San Sebastian and to the launch of the Innocence Project in the Philippines.
The Interrupters (USA, 2011)
Directed by Steve James, produced by best-selling author Alex Kotlowitz, co-produced by Zak Piper, tells the moving and surprising stories of three ‘violence interrupters’ who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.
The film has re-framed urban violence and built capacity for the field, ensuring that “violence interrupting” is an accepted strategy for tackling endemic problems.
The Invisible War (USA, 2012)
Directed by Kirby Dick, produced by Amy Ziering, is a ground-breaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military which has now been taken on by the military as a training tool, has exerted pressure on top level decision makers and introduced new codes of conduct for investigating Military Sexual Assault into legislation.
For consideration, all docs had to be feature length (75 minutes or more), had to have screened previously at a film festival or on television, and had been released on or after January 1, 2010.