Tribeca ’15: “Democrats” gets top doc feature nod

Camilla Nielsson's Democrats, which explores the process behind the creation of Zimbabwe's 2013 constitution, took the best documentary feature prize at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.
April 23, 2015

Camilla Nielsson’s Democrats, which explores the tumultuous process behind the creation of Zimbabwe’s constitution signed into law in 2013, has been named the best documentary feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The honor, presented on Thursday (April 23), was given to the Danish film by the World Documentary Competition jury, comprised of Diego Bunuel, Tine Fischer, David Gelb, Joshua Rothkopf, and Gloria Steinem.

In presenting the award the jury said: “For its choice of an important, universal subject; for filming in conditions where simply to be present is a triumph; and for prioritizing dignity, courage, and our common struggle for humanity, we give this year’s best documentary feature award to Camilla Nielsson for Democrats.”

A special jury mention was made for In Transit, directed by the late Albert Maysles, Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui, and Ben Wu.

The prize for best documentary editing went to Palio, a UK-Italy copro edited by Valerio Bonelli.

The new documentary director award, renamed the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award in honor of the recently deceased legendary documentarian, went to American directors Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands for Uncertain.

The best documentary short award, meanwhile, was presented to Body Team 12, directed by David Darg, with a special jury mention going to We Live This, directed by James Burns.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs in New York City until April 26.

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