The Rory Peck Trust, whose awards recognize the work of freelance cameraman and camerawomen in international news and current affairs, have announced the nine finalists up for the 2010 Rory Peck Awards, sponsored by Sony Professional. The finalists for the features category are Hopewell Rugoho Chin’ono’s A Violent Response, about Zimbabwe’s post-election violence; Najibullah Quraishi’s Behind Enemy Lines, a Clover Films production for Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ about the two weeks the filmmaker spent with Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters; and Paul Refsdal’s Taliban: Behind the Masks, from Novemberfilm and Norwegian Film Institute for NRK, which gets close to a group of Taliban fighters.
The finalists for the Sony Professional impact award are Greg Brosnan and Jen Szymaszek’s In the Shadow of the Raid, a partly self-funded project with support from the Institute for Justice and Journalism Fund and broadcast on PBS, which looks at the immigration raid on a meat-packing plant in Iowa, which led to an economic fallout for the deported workers. Also shortlisted is Nick Read’s The Slumdog Children of Mumbai, a True Visions Productions for Channel 4 ‘Dispatches,’ which looks at four children living in poverty in Mumbai and Liviu Tipurita’s Gypsy Child Thieves, which was commissioned and broadcast by BBC Two’s ‘This World.’
The winners will be announced at the Rory Peck Awards ceremony on November 17.