Director Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything and Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal’s The Deminer took top honors at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Awards.
The 30th annual event held its awards ceremony Wednesday evening (Nov.22), with the festival running until Sunday.
The Other Side of Everything (pictured) took home the award for Best Feature Documentary. Taking place within the walls of a sub-divided apartment in Belgrade, the doc aims to paint a family portrait that symbolizes the political unrest in the country. The award comes with a US $18,000 prize (€15,000).
“An apartment becomes a metaphor for both the former Yugoslavia and the current political climate in the region,” said the jury, in a statement. “Through the filmmaker’s lens, we are introduced to her mother – an enlightened woman who has dedicated her life to political activism. Poetically structured, the beauty of this character resonates. The textured cinematic language artfully blends the historical with the personal.”
Meanwhile, Hirori and Kamal picked up the Special Jury Award for The Deminer, a portrait of a Kurdish colonel who disarmed thousands of roadside bombs and mines armed only with his courage and a pair of wire-cutters.
The jury said the doc “portrays and reflects a part of the world that we rarely encounter in the cinema while capturing the tenacity of a single man confronting impossible odds.”
Filmmaker Reber Dosky was presented the Prins Berhnard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend, a US$60,000 (€50,000) stipend from an anonymous donor that’s meant to go towards the making of a new documentary.
Earlier in the week, Renata Terra, Bruno Jorge and Mariana Oliva picked up the award for the first Amsterdam Human Rights Award for their doc Piripkura (Brazil).
IDFA continues through to Nov. 26, when the winner of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award will be announced.
A full list of winners is listed below:
Competition for First Appearance
Simon Lereng Wilmont — The Distant Barking of Dogs (Denmark, Sweden, Finland).
Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
Martin Benchimol and Pablo Aparo — The Dread (Argentina).
Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary
Hendrick Dusollier — Last Days in Shibati (France)
DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
Trine Laier — Cosmic Top Secret (Denmark).
DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
Lauren McCarthy — Lauren(U.S.)
Competition for Short Documentary
Marcin Sauter — Zhalanash – Empty Shore
Special Jury Award for Short Documentary
Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel— As We’re Told (Sweden)
Competition for Dutch Documentary
Leonard Retel Helmrich — Season
Competition for Student Documentary
Klaudiusz Chrostowski — Call Me Tony (Poland)
Special Jury Award for Student Documentary
Denise Kelm Soares — I Am (Cuba, Brazil)
Competition for Kids & Docs
Shamira Raphaëla — Lenno & the Angelfish (the Netherlands)