Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou’s sophomore feature-length documentary The Last Shelter secured the DOX:Award at this year’s CPH:DOX main international competition.
Samassékou’s film (pictued), which had its world premiere at the Copenhagen-based festival and is currently screening in Hot Docs’ World Showcase strand, was presented the honor during an online ceremony April 30.
CPH:DOX gave special mention to Rami Farah and Signe Byrge Sørensen’s Our Memory Belongs to Us, about three Syrian activists — Yadan, Odai and Rani – reunited on stage in Paris almost 10 years after the outbreak of the Syrian revolution.
The Last Shelter travels to the House of Migrants in Gao, Mali, a refuge at the southern edge of the Sahara desert that welcomes those in transit towards Algeria in the north, or on their way back after a failed attempt to make it to Europe.
When Esther and Kady, two teenage girls from Burkina Faso, arrive on their journey, they form a friendship with Natacha, a migrant woman in her forties whose memory faded over the years.
The film was produced by Estelle Robin You for Point du Jour – Les films du balibari (France) in co-production with Andrey S. Diarra for DS Productions (Mali) and Don Edkins and Tiny Mungwe for STEPS (South Africa). STEPS also handles its world sales.
Other prizes handed out at this year’s festival include the NEW:VISION award, presented to Haig Aivazian’s All of Your Stars are But Dust on my Shoes. Maxime Jean-Baptiste and Audrey Jean-Baptiste’s Listen to the Beat of our Images received special mention in the category.
The F:ACT Award went to When A City Rises from Cathy Chu, Iris Kwong, Ip Kar Man, Huang Yuk-kwok, Evie Cheung, Han Yan Yuen and Jen Lee. Theo Anthony’s All Light, Everywhere earned special mention.
Nina Hobert picked up the NORDIC:DOX Award for her film Julia&I, with a special mention going to Cille Hannibal and Christine Hanberg’s He’s My Brother.
The NEXT:WAVE Award went to Fanny Chotimah’s You and I, and Liesbeth de Ceulaer’s Holgut received special mention.
Frigge Fri’s Dark Blossom won the Politiken Danish:DOX Award, while the Eurimages Coproduction Development Award was presented to Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi and Monica Lazurean-Gorgan’s Tata/Father.
CPH:DOX runs until May 12, with physical screenings taking place in Danish theatres May 6 to 12.