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Camden International Film Festival Awards Awards to Directors from Around the World – Deadline

Camden International Film Festival Awards Awards to Directors from Around the World – Deadline

the 18the The Camden International Film Festival in mid-coast Maine, an increasingly important destination for documentary filmmakers, wrapped up its in-person portion Sunday after announcing a handful of awards.

Next day…, directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon, won the festival’s Harrell Award, chosen from a group of “some of the most significant documentaries of the year”. The film is described as “A philosophical ballad along the rivers of Bangladesh, transporting rich and poor, young and old, East and West on a century-old steamboat.”

“The jury was unanimous in their admiration for this film, in which an old riverboat seems to contain dreamers and con artists, politicians and radicals from an entire society,” said juror Eric Hynes, noting that the documentary employs “both techniques hybrid as obstinate”. observation power. This is a dazzling work of non-fiction.”

‘Polaris’, directed by Ainara Vera
CIFF/Instituto Puntos Norte

The jury awarded a special mention to polar Star, another nautical-themed film. Jury member Assia Boudaoui described it as “a beautifully shot film that gracefully moves from the vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean to glimpse into the most intimate life of a woman bravely navigating troubled waters. Director Ainara Vera lovingly wields her camera and weaves a moving and intimate portrait of a captain struggling with love.”

Another special mention was awarded to collectorsdirected by Jumana Manna, a film that documents “elderly Palestinians…caught between the right to seek their own land and the harsh restrictions imposed by its occupants on the grounds of preservation”.

Jury member Jessica Kingdon (an Oscar nominee earlier this year for her documentary feature Ascension) described collectors as a “strikingly whimsical portrait of a people and their tumultuous relationship with land and state. We loved the creative use of re-enactments and footage.”

A still photo from the documentary 'Detours'

‘Detours’, directed by Ekaterina Selenkina
CIFF/Instituto Puntos Norte

CIFF also handed out awards in its Cinematographic Vision category. The first prize there went to detoursa film set in Moscow directed by Ekaterina Selenkina.

“This film moved us by its eloquence in form and scope, as well as its insightful and engaging blend of cinematic materiality, blending digital and physical in the same way that they do in the lives shown here,” said the jury, composed of Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Pablo Álvarez-Mesa and Abby Sun. “It simultaneously defies audience expectations of form, as well as those of the surveillance state under which it is filmed.”

The jury awarded an honorable mention to Terra NovaDirected by Alejandro Alonso and Alejandro Pérez, a film described in the CIFF program as “a sensory journey through the dreamlike images and sounds of Havana, Cuba.”

A special mention went to H, directed by Carlos Pardo Ros, which the jury described as “a film that creates an experience from memory, transcending the material to evoke mortality and the distance or proximity between us. A cinema of risk, of extreme courage and exploration.”

A man on the banks of the Mobile River from 'Descendant'

‘Descendants’, directed by Margaret Brown
Netflix/Participant

Out of competition, the festival screened a number of award-winning films, including the Netflix documentary Descendant, directed by Margaret Brown; National Geographic The territorya film directed by Alex Pritz about an indigenous tribe in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest trying to keep land grabbers at bay, and everything that breathesfrom HBO Documentary Films, Shaunak Sen’s feature film that won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance and the top documentary award at Cannes.

Fresh from its world premiere in Venice, Steve James’s a compassionate spy screened in Camden. on his shoulders came from its world premiere at TIFF to CIFF; Directed by Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen, and executive produced by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the film documents Zarifa Ghafari, who at age 20 became “one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors and the youngest ever to hold office.” position”.

CIFF continues as a virtual experience through September 25.

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