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EDN Docs in Thessaloniki awards go to projects from Germany and Ireland


- Intimate Outsiders by Roser Corella has won the ERT Doc on Air Award, while the MFI Doc Lab Award went to Phoenix by Daire Collins

EDN Docs in Thessaloniki awards go to projects from Germany and Ireland
Directors Roser Corella and Daire Collins with their awards (© MotionTeam)

The EDN Docs in Thessaloniki event, part of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival's (TDF’s) Agora Doc Market industry arm, has revealed its award winners. 

The MFI Doc Lab Award, consisting of a scholarship and accommodation at the Mediterranean Film Institute's Doc Lab, went to Phoenix by Daire Collins, a co-production between Ireland, the UK, Romania, Spain and Germany. It tells the story of Romania’s greatest rock band you’ve probably never heard of, Phoenix, who came to prominence in the 1960s under Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist rule. It is a story of fame, betrayal and life under a megalomaniac dictator. At its essence, it is a story of two rivals, set in little-known communist Romania, and revolves around rock stars in a changing and confusing world.

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The ERT Doc on Air Award, consisting of €2,000 and a guaranteed broadcast from the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, went to the German project Intimate Outsiders, directed by Roser Corella and produced by Corella and Ana Catalá, through Moving Mountains Films. The project deals with exploited women from the Third World who are filling vacancies in the homes of people in rich countries. The official synopsis reads: "Third World women are on the move like never before, filling vacancies in the homes of the First World. The mad rushes and materialistic societies of the rich countries leave working parents little time to look after their children or to do work around the house. Women migrating from poor countries fill the gap. This is a thought-provoking look at exploitative female migration and the terrible dilemmas facing women who must choose between earning money and caring for their own children. The film delves into the realities underlying the domestic work and care solutions found by Middle Eastern countries, such as Lebanon. These solutions do not address continuing gender inequalities, and all too often rely on the exploitation – and even dehumanisation – of the women who actually provide the care for children and do all of the domestic work in the houses of middle- and upper-class families."

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