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CPH:DOX 2021 Awards

Ousmane Samassekou’s The Last Shelter triumphs at CPH:DOX

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- This year's other victors include Nina Hobert's Julia&I, Haig Aivazian's All of Your Stars are but Dust on My Shoes, Fanny Chotimah's You and I and Frigge Fri's Dark Blossom

Ousmane Samassekou’s The Last Shelter triumphs at CPH:DOX
Tine Fischer, founder and CEO of CPH:DOX, announcing this year's winners

It's a wrap for the second digital edition of CPH:DOX, which opened on 21 April. This year's festival saw the triumph of Ousmane Samassekou’s The Last Shelter [+see also:
film review
film profile
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(France/Mali/South Africa), a sensuous film about the melancholy of exile, which takes place on the edge of the Sahel desert in the Malian city of Gao. The prestigious Dox:Award came with the following accompanying statement: “The Dox:Award goes to a profound film which transports us to a vast landscape of questioning. Inspired by a family disappearance some 30 years ago, the film lingers like a mirage on a vast horizon. Through its tender portraiture it populates an epic vista with unforgettable individuals on the cusp of choosing whether they will risk being obliterated in search of a dream. This is a film which changes our own relationship to time and meaning as we watch it. Its scale and implications are epic, at the same time, the film itself is intimate and gentle.”

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Meanwhile, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000 went to Father, directed by Radu Ciorniciuc and Lina Vdovîi (Romania/ Italy/Germany). In collaboration with DR3 and Filmworkshop/Copenhagen, the festival has also handed out the DR Talent Award, which goes to a young talent who is in the process of developing a documentary. The price includes 25,000 Danish crowns, professional advice from DR as well as guidance and access to professional equipment at Filmworkshop/Copenhagen. This year, the award went to Kirstine Holmen's project Artist Manager – together we take over the world.

All the award-winning films are available for Danish audiences at doxonline.dk and will be screened in select movie theatres in Copenhagen from 6 to 12 May.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Dox:Award
The Last Shelter [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Ousmane Samassekou (France/Mali/South Africa)
Special Mention
Our Memory Belongs to Us - Rami Farah and Signe Byrge Sørensen (Syria/Denmark/France/Palestine)

F:act Award
When a City Rises - Cathy Chu, Iris Kwong, Ip Kar Man, Huang Yuk-kwok, Evie Cheung, Han Yan Yuen and  Jen Lee (Hong Kong)
Special Mention
All Light, Everywhere - Theo Anthony (USA)

Nordic:Dox Award
Julia&I [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Nina Hobert (Sweden)
Special Mention
He’s my Brother - Cille Hannibal and Christine Hanberg (Denmark)

New:Vision Award
All of Your Stars are but Dust on My Shoes - Haig Aivazian (Lebanon)
Special Mention
Listen to the Beat of our Images - Maxime Jean-Baptiste and Audrey Jean-Baptiste (France)

Next:Wave Award
You and I - Fanny Chotimah (Indonesia)
Special Mention
Holgut [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Liesbeth De Ceulaer
film profile
]
- Liesbeth de Ceulaer (Belgium)

Politiken Danish:Dox Award
Dark Blossom [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Frigge Fri (Denmark)

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
Father - Radu Ciorniciuc and Lina Vdovîi (Romania/Italy/Germany)

DR Talent Award
Artist Manager – together we take over the world - Kirstine Holmen (Denmark)

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