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ASTRA 2016 Awards

Changa Revisited and A Mere Breath among Astra Film Festival winners

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- The US film has won the OutstanDox Award, while The Dazzling Light of Sunset picked up the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award in Sibiu

Changa Revisited and A Mere Breath among Astra Film Festival winners
Director Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan accepting her Best Romanian Documentary Award for A Mere Breath

The 23rd Astra Film Festival in Sibiu (17-23 October) came to a close with US documentary Changa Revisited by Peter Biella and Leonard Kamerling winning in OutstanDox, the main section of the festival featuring films from around the world.

Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi's The Dazzling Light of Sunset [+see also:
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received the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award. The Documentary Heart of Sarajevo winner A Mere Breath [+see also:
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by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan won Best Romanian Documentary. 

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Meanwhile, one of Romania's most prominent auteurs and a long-time friend of the festival, Cristi Puiu, whose Sieranevada [+see also:
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opened the gathering, was presented with the Excellency Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.

Here is the full list of award winners: 

OutstanDox Award
Changa Revisited - Peter Biella, Leonard Kamerling (USA)

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award
The Dazzling Light of Sunset [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
- Salome Jashi (Georgia/Germany)

Special Jury Mention
Abdul and Hamza - Marko Grba Singh (Serbia)

Best Romanian Documentary Award
A Mere Breath [+see also:
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]
- Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan (Romania)

Romanian Documentary Award for Best Directing
Angela - Botond Püsök (Romania)

Best DocSchool Award
1 Building and 40 People Dancing - Miki Polonski (Israel)

Award for Original Approach in a DocSchool Film
Those - Krizstina Meggyes (Hungary)

Special Award
The New Gypsy Kings - Liviu Tipuriță (UK)

Excellency Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema
Cristi Puiu

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