“Ghost People,” “Taiga” win at Golden Nymph Awards

Documentaries The Ghost People (pictured) and Taiga were among the winners at the 55th annual Golden Nymph Awards held during the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
June 19, 2015

Documentaries The Ghost People (pictured) and Taïga were among the winners at the 55th annual Golden Nymph Awards, part of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, on Thursday (June 18).

The awards recognize a raft of entertainment genres from across the industry that include television films, miniseries, news documentaries, drama and comedy.

Poland’s TVN received Best Current Affairs Documentary accolades for The Ghost People, which focuses on Martyna Wojciechowska, an editor for National Geographic, and her travels to Tanzania to uncover the dangers faced by albinos who are believed by some in the region to possess magical properties and are hunted for their flesh. With limited options, the government places albinos, like 12-year-old Kabula who was violently assaulted when men broke into her home and severed her arm, in enclosed facilities secured by armed guards.

Spain’s Media 3.14 nabbed the Best News Documentary prize for the Fast-Track Injustice, highlighting the extradition of Óscar Sánchez, accused of narco-trafficking after his identity was stolen by the Neapolitan Mafia, and the subsequent investigation by three journalists that uncovered issues surrounding the European Arrest Warrant.

UK-based ITV took home the Amade Prize for the ITN-produced The Desperate Struggle to Save Iraq’s Yazidis, which recounts the dramatic rescue mission of 50 Yazidi from Islamist extremists.

France 5 took home the Urti Prize honors for Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary with Taïga, which documents a boreal forest hunter who captures cubs to sell but ultimately has a change of heart.

Meanwhile, Belgium’s VRT picked up the International Committee of the Red Cross Prize for its doc, Do Not Touch Me, dealing with female genital mutilation.

A full list of the winners can be found by visiting the festival’s website.

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