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Extra: Berlinale documentary honors; Flame to shop “Moors Murders” globally

Myanmar Diaries scoops top prize at Berlin International Film Festival The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, which ran from February 10 to 20 this year, unveiled its annual award winners this ...
February 17, 2022

Myanmar Diaries scoops top prize at Berlin International Film Festival

The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, which ran from February 10 to 20 this year, unveiled its annual award winners this week.

Myanmar Diaries, a film from 10 anonymous young Burmese filmmakers known as The Myanmar Collective, took home the Berlinale Documentary Award, which comes with a €40,000 prize.

The hybrid documentary, which made its world premiere at the Berlinale, covers the aftermath of the military coup that occurred in Myanmar on February 1, 2021, which included nationwide protests and civil disobedience. The doc, shot in secret, includes cellphone footage shot by citizen journalists documenting the military’s response to demonstrators, as well as to opposition members at their own homes in between demonstrations.

No U-Turn from celebrated Nigerian director Ike Nnaebue, which also made its world premiere at the Berlinale, received a special mention in the documentary competition. The doc is produced by Passion 8 Communications and Elda Productions, as well as the Steps non-profit.

Nnaebue’s first documentary, the essayistic travelogue film finds the filmmaker investigating what motivates young people today to expose themselves to danger in pursuit of an uncertain future and a better life. The film sees Nnaebue revisiting a trip he attempted 21 years earlier when he left Nigeria with hopes of getting to Europe, but ultimately turned back when he reached Morocco.

Flame Distribution to handle sales for Channel 4-ordered Moors Murders

Australia-headquartered Flame Distribution and MAP TV (Michael Attwell Productions) are collaborating on a true-crime docuseries ordered by Channel 4, Moors Murders (pictured, 3 x 52 min.), which is scheduled to premiere on February 21.

The series recounts the crimes of British serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who murdered five children and buried the bodies on the local moors near Manchester in the 1960s. It will include an extended interview with the only eyewitness to any of the murders, as well as selections from Brady and Hindley’s previously unseen prison correspondence.

Michael Attwell and Douglas Chirnside produced the series for MAP TV. Flame will handle worldwide sales for the series.

“Employing the latest AI technology to bring a new dimension to the story, Moors Murders goes beyond a straightforward narrative account, offering viewers a deep and penetrating glimpse inside the minds of the notorious serial killer couple — in their own words,” said MAP TV founder and managing director Attwell.

The Queen of Basketball to premiere on NBA TV

The 2022 Oscar-nominated documentary short The Queen of Basketball will make its TV premiere on NBA TV during the 2022 NBA All-Star break on Saturday (Feb. 19).

The doc centers on the life of basketball legend Lusia Harris, who led Mississippi’s Delta State University to three consecutive national championships. She went on to become the first woman to score a basket in the Olympics, and the only woman to be officially drafted by an NBA team.

Two-time Oscar nominee Ben Proudfoot directed the film, which is executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal.

Quintus Studios launches Radical Docs FAST channel

International factual distributor and channel owner Quintus Studios is partnering with VOD platform Rakuten TV to launch a new FAST channel, Radical Docs.

The channel will feature a mix of real-world and investigative stories compiled from across Quintus’s portfolio, exploring subjects such as the world’s banking systems, food globalization, the meat industry, and the world’s most brutal penal institutions as well as other dangerous places around the world.

“We realized there is a very high demand for content [that touches on] topics that really matter to society, especially to a younger demographic. Radical Docs occupies this niche perfectly,” said Gerrit Kemming, managing director at Quintus Studios, in a news release.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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