‘This Land is Our Land,’ ‘Ali and His Miracle Sheep’ Win Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards
Art and Experience:
Brazilian film “Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land!” has won best film in the Sheffield Doc/Fest international competition.
Directed by Isael and Sueli Maxakali, who are Brazilian Indigenous directors, the film explores the loss of their land to local farmers.
Elsewhere, the Special Jury Award in the international competition went to “Equatorial Constellations” (Silas Tiny, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe) with special mentions for “Summer” (Vadim Kostrov, Russia) and “Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions” (Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi, Japan).
“Ali and His Miracle Sheep” (Maythem Ridha, Iraq/U.K.) won best film in the U.K. competition, while “Portrait of Kaye” (Ben Reed, U.K.) picked up the Special Jury Award and “The Battle of Denham Ford” (Bradley and Bradley, U.K.) earned a special mention.
The Tim Hetherington Award, supported by Dogwoof, recognizes a film and filmmaker which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy. The award was given to “The Silence of The Mole” (Anais Taracena, Guatemala) with a special mention for “Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land!”
“If God Were a Woman” (Angélica Cervera, Colombia) is this year’s winner of the Youth Jury Award.
“Fixed barricade at Hamdalaye Crossing” (Thomas Bauer, Guinea/France) won best first feature, while a special mention went to “Charm Circle” (Nira Burstein, U.S.), which also won the Audience Award supported by PBS America.
The winner of the festival’s short film award, supported by The Guardian Documentaries, qualifies for the Academy Awards. This year’s winner is “Barataria” (Julie Nguyen Van Qui, France/Spain) with a special mention to “Homage to the Work of Philip Henry Gosse” (Pablo Martin Weber, Argentina).
The 28th edition of the festival concluded on Sunday.