Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts’s For Sama has won the the Golden Eye award, the top documentary prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film (pictured) chronicles the ongoing conflict in Syria, following co-director al-Khateab’s experience in the region as a young mother, from the beginning of the war in 2012 to the fall of Aleppo in 2016.
Meanwhile, Patricio Guzmán‘s The Cordillera of Dreams took home a special prize in the documentary category.
The film explores the snowcapped mountain spine of Chile and wraps up Guzmán’s documentary-essay trilogy on Chile, following The Battle of Chile and The Pearl Button.
All Cannes docs screening as part of the Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, special and out-of-competition screenings, short films, Cannes Classics, Directors’ Fortnight, Critics’ Week and ACID sidebars were automatically eligible for the awards.
Both films are now eligible for Oscar submission in the doc category as a result of the Cannes recognition.