The World Before Her (pictured), from Canadian director Nisha Pahuja, has scooped the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York.
The film was chosen by a jury comprising Julia Bacha, Kim Cattrall, K’naan, Michael Moore and Lucy Walker, and receives a US$25,000 prize.
“With unprecedented access, great compassion, and a keen eye for the universal, this year’s winner takes a hard and clear-eyed look at the trials of growing up female in today’s fast-changing world,” the jury members said in a statement.
“Following young women who have taken diametrically opposed decisions on how to tackle the influence of global forces in their communities, the filmmaker takes us on a journey to examine how the pressures of faith, fashion, and family are bringing up a generation of women who are desperately searching for meaning amidst a reality of few real choices.”
A special jury mention was given to The Revisionaries, directed by Scott Thurman.
Meanwhile, the Best New Documentary Director award – which comes with a $25,000 prize – went to Jeroen van Velzen for Wavumba. A special jury mention went to Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed, directors of Ballroom Dancer.
Elsewhere, the prize for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature went to The Flat (Hadira), edited by Tali Halter Shenkar and directed by Arnon Goldfinger. The award comes with a $5,000 prize.
Finally, the Best Documentary Short award went to Paraíso, directed by Nadav Kurtz, with a special jury mention going to David Darg and Bryn Mooser, directors of Baseball in the Time of Cholera.
The Tribeca (Online) Film Festival Best Short Film prize went to CatCam, a doc directed by Seth Keal. The win comes after CatCam also picked up the Short Doc Jury Prize at SXSW in Austin, Texas last month.
The world competition winners for documentary films were chosen from 12 doc features from 18 countries. “It’s been so gratifying to see the audiences react so positively to the films, and our juries have been equally passionate,” said Nancy Schafer, TFF’s executive director. “I celebrate these immensely talented filmmakers.”