Two African documentaries have won the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’s (IDFA) inaugural IDFA Worldview Award.
Presented to the most promising projects at the Doc Circle Pitch at the Durban FilmMart, the coproduction market of the Durban International Film Festival, the award went to South African doc The Devil’s Lair, directed by Riaan Hendricks and Neil Brandt, and Kenyan film Logs of War, directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman.
The Devil’s Lair chronicles the conflict between Neighborhood Watch groups in Cape Town and ex-convicts working in the city’s drug trade. Logs of War tells the story of Silas Siakor, a pioneer of sustainable logging in Liberia who risked his life and livelihood to cut off warlord Charles Taylor from the timber trade.
The IDFA Worldview Award is a joint effort between IDFA, the IDFA Fund and the United Kingdom’s CBA Worldview. The Doc Circle Pitch is now in its second year and is a collaboration between IDFA and the IDFA Fund to stimulate the documentary industry in Africa.