Two WorldView-funded films have won awards at One World 2014, the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, and another has received a special jury mention. Judgement in Hungary was the recipient of the Best Film award, whilst Miners Shot Down received the Václav Havel Jury Award. No Fire Zone also received a Special Mention from the Václav Havel Jury. Read on for the full statements from the jury…
Judgement in Hungary– the chamber drama of a Murder trial.
The festival jury stated that ‘Set in a claustrophobic court-room, as 4 neo-Nazis stand trial for murder, this film bears witness to a riveting, and striking examination of an entire society. Small details are revealed through cinema verité: the judge’s treatment of witnesses and survivors from the Romany community; the relationship between prison guards and the accused, subtle smiles of the lawyers, and the empty seats of courtroom‘.
The Václav Havel Jury Award
Miners Shot Down– South Africa will never be the same again.
“Using testimonies, live and archive footage of the tragic unfolding events the filmmaker tells the story through powerful images of miners’ protest and the police response. The film manages to operate on a number of levels: it tells the tale of both individual struggle and tragedy, but also of the reality of life in the Rainbow nation, nearly 20 years after the end of apartheid, where old racial divisions are replaced or translated into dividing lines between rich and poor. The filmmaker leaves no stone unturned in documenting the existence of slavery and rampant capitalism which is corrupting the states’ elites and undermining basic right,” explains the jury statement.
The Václav Havel Jury – A Special Mention
No Fire Zone– The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka
“This is a documentary that needs to be seen, not only because it allows personal tragedies to be told but also because it documents serious war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law by the Sri Lankan government,” said the jury.
For a full list of the winners go to the One World Festival website