The BBC was a multiple winner at the One World Media awards, which recognizes the most outstanding media coverage of the developing world, while UK pubcaster Channel 4 also picked up a trophy.
The ‘Storyville’ documentary The Albino Witchcraft Murders, produced by BBC4 with BBC2 and Inroad Films, took top prize in the documentary category, beating out 5 Broken Cameras and Solar Mamas.
The Albino Witchcraft Murders tells the story of two albino men as they try to follow their dreams amidst the prejudice and fear of albinos in Tanzania.
The television award went to Channel 4 and Quicksilver Media’s Unreported World for “The Master Chef of Mogadishu.”
“While media coverage of Somalia often focuses on politics, violence and the suffering inflicted on civilians, this program showed a different side of the story – how things are changing now that displaced citizens are flocking back to the country to re-establish their lives,” said One World Media organizers in a statement.
BBC3’s Escape from the World’s Most Dangerous Places won the entertainment award, a new category for the event, which aims to recognize the role of entertainment in making global issues more accessible to audiences. The BBC3 program sees Samira, a British-Somali model, return to Somalia.
The entertainment runners-up were SBS Australia’s Go Back to Where You Came From and Native Voice Films’ The Bengali Detective.
The student award went to Vincent Du for his documentary on children’s rock music schools in China, called Almost Famous.
“The winning entries show that reporting from the Global South can shock us with stories about what the world’s poorest have to endure, or they can surprise us with the amazing things people in the most difficult circumstances achieve,” said Clothilde Redfern, director of One World Media. “It’s a privilege to be able to recognize the journalists who bring these stories to our attention as well as give voice to the people whose lives they help us understand.”