New Zealand’s Doc Edge Festival has named Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann as the recipient of this year’s Doc Edge Superhero Award.
The honor is presented annually and recognizes a recipient’s outstanding contribution made to the documentary industry.
Honigmann is a Peruvian-born filmmaker who has been working in The Netherlands since 1978. She has since gone on to direct a number of acclaimed feature-length films, including Mind Shadows (1987); Metal and Melancholy (1992); Au Revoir (1995); O Amor Natural (1996); Two Minutes of Silence, Please (1997); The Underground Orchestra (1998); Crazy (1999); Food for Love (2000); Good Husband, Dear Son (2001); Dame la Mano (2003); Forever (2006); El Olvido (2008); and Around the World in 50 Concerts (2014).
Her latest film, Buddy, is screening at this year’s Doc Edge Festival.
Honigmann has received major career honors and awards for her films, including IDFA’s Living Legend Award in 2013, the 2013 Dortmund Honorary Award for Documentary Film, and the 2007 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, among others. She has also been honored with retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
The filmmaker will be presented with the award by Doc Edge ambassador Judy Bailey at the Doc Edge Film Awards in Auckland on May 31.
Past winners of the Doc Edge Superhero Award include Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann; Chris McDonald, president of Hot Docs Canada; Ally Derks, founder of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James; and New Zealand filmmakers Leanne Pooley and Dame Gaylene Preston.
“It is both a privilege and honor to be able to celebrate a legend of documentary,” said Doc Edge executive director Dan Shanan in a statement. “Honigmann exemplifies brilliance, compassion, accomplishment and inspiration all at once in her work. The world is blessed with the taonga (treasure) she creates.”
The festival runs in Auckland from May 30 to June 9 and in Wellington from June 13 to 23.
For the entire festival program, visit Doc Edge’s website.