A tie for best doc at Montreal World Film Festival

Matej Minac's Nicky's Family (pictured) and Marina Goldovskaya's Bitter Taste of Freedom shared the best documentary prize at this year's fest, with winners announced Sunday.
August 29, 2011

Two films are sharing the honor for best documentary at this year’s Montreal World Film Festival.

The awards, announced Sunday, honored both Matej Minac’s Nicky’s Family and Marina Goldovskaya’s Bitter Taste of Freedom with the best doc prize.

Minac’s film, a Slovakian-Czech coproduction, examines the story of Nicholas Winton, who in 1939 single-handedly organized transports that spirited 669 endangered children from Nazi-occupied Prague to safety in Great Britain.

The film features 26 of the rescued children, including CBC correspondent Joe Schlesinger. Minac studied Winton’s story in two previous films: 1999′s All My Loved Ones and 2002′s The Power of Good.

Meanwhile, Goldovskaya’s Bitter Taste of Freedom, a Swedish-Russian copro, tells the story of Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist for the liberal Novaya Gazeta, and a critic of the Putin regime. Politkovskaya was murdered in 2006 and her killers have yet to be brought to justice.

The Montreal World Film Festival ran from August 18-28 in Canada.

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