When Two Worlds Collide tops the winners’ list at DocumentaMadrid
by Alfonso Rivera
- The official jury of the 13th edition of the Madrid-based gathering appreciated the powerful, captivating and poetic Belgian-British documentary by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel
On Friday 6 May, the 13th Madrid International Documentary Festival - DocumentaMadrid (27 April–8 May) published its list of winners: in line with the decision of the jury, comprising Spanish filmmakers Álvaro Longoria and Sonia Herman Dolz, and US programmer Hebe Tabachnik, first prize (worth €10,000) was bestowed upon When Two Worlds Collide, Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel’s inspiring co-production between Peru and Great Britain, which reconstructs indigenous leader Alberto Pizango’s struggle to defend the Amazon.
Second prize (worth €5,000) went to Denmark: Those Who Jump [+see also:
film profile] by Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibe grabbed the jury’s attention “thanks to its effective way of depicting the drama of the situation endured by the African emigrants, by giving one of them a camera”. The Special Prize fell to the Belgian title The Land of the Enlightened [+see also:
film profile] by Pieter-Jan de Pue, which “portrays the seldom seen, but devastating and brutal, lives of Afghan children forced to survive in a land permanently at war”. Mexico’s Tatiana Huezo snagged a Special Mention for her film Tempestad.
For the first time, the Spanish Documentary Panorama section handed out a trophy, which went to Adolfo Dufour, the director of La mayor locura, which tackles the topic of memory with its suggestive, poetic language. The recipient of the Movistar+ Award (which involves the TV channel purchasing the broadcasting rights to the documentary) was The Other Kids by Spaniard Pablo de la Chica, while the audience cast its vote for Sonita [+see also:
film profile] (Germany/Switzerland/Iran), directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. As for the short films, victory was claimed by the US title My Aleppo by Melissa Langer (which snagged first prize, worth €4,000) and Canada’s Then Then Then by Daniel Schioler (second prize: €2,000).
Here is the complete list of the winners of DocumentaMadrid 2016:
1st Jury Prize
When Two Worlds Collide – Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel
Special Mention of the Jury
Tempestad – Tatiana Huezo
Best Spanish Documentary Award
La mayor locura – Adolfo Dufour Andia
The Other Kids – Pablo de la Chica
(Translated from Spanish)