“Sonita,” “Drone” take home Golden Nymph Awards

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's Sonita (pictured, left) and Tonje Hessen Schei's Drone (right) were among the winners at the 56th annual Golden Nymph Awards held during the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
June 20, 2016

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita (pictured, left) and Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone (right) were among the winners at the 56th annual Golden Nymph Awards, part of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, on Thursday (June 16).

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

Maghami’s Sonita took home the Urti Prize honors for Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary. The doc, which was produced by NDR and ARTE, follows 18-year-old Sonita Alizadeh, an undocumented Afghan immigrant who lives illegally in Tehran, Iran, and aspires to become a rapper. The film has previously won accolades at Sundance, Full Frame, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

TV2 Norway, meanwhile, was honored with the Best News Documentary for Schei’s Drone, an investigative doc on the armed drone including interviews with pilots, military experts and bystanders living in fear of becoming “collateral damage.”

Elsewhere, Sweden’s Nima Film received the best current affairs documentary honor for Nima Sarvestani’s Those Who Said No, a film detailing the Iran Tribunal, in which survivors and victims’ families recounted the atrocities committed by the Iranian regime during the 1980s.

Italy’s RAI took home both the Amade Prize and the International Committee of the Red Cross Prize for The Long March, documenting the myriad challenges faced by asylum seekers as they reach Italian soil.

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

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