Valued at €40,000, courtesy of public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb), the Berlin Documentary Award was awarded 29 February to director Rithy Panh and producer Catherine Dussar for Irradiés (Irradiated).
Notes from the Underworld, directed and produced by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, received a Special Mention.
Press notes for Irradiés stress how the documentary is made by people who have survived physical and psychological irradiation as a result of war, and is recommended to those who believe they are immune to it.
“What it means to be a survivor cannot be put into words. To live on, to make contact with this irradiation, for which there may be no cause, no knowledge, but from which there is no protection. Evil radiates. It hurts – even later generations. But beyond this pain lies innocence.” (Panh)