DOK.fest Munich award winners

DOK.fest Munich award winners

Radu Ciorniciuc’s Acasa, My Home

 

With the the kinokino Audience Award to be presented May 22, the winning films of the DOK.fest München @home 2020 are:


VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international (10,000 euros)

ACASA, MY HOME

Director: Radu Ciorniciuc

Jury statement: “We decided to give the award to a film that spent time with its protagonists in order to gain an intimacy rarely seen in cinema. It’s the story of a family living on the outskirts of society. The film touches on issues of gentrification, environmental preservation and urban development that are so relevant to our current time. Radu Ciorniciuc creates a filmic and journalistic narrative that shows how life can fall apart when we lose our connection to nature and ourselves. The microcosm of the Roma family stands paradigmatically for all the crises we live through and thus foreshadows the global catastrophe.”



VIKTOR DOK.deutsch (5,000 euros)

WEIYENA – THE LONG MARCH HOME

Directors: Weina Zhao and Judith Benedikt

Jury statement: “Weina Zhao grew up in Vienna. In her promising first film she initially sets out on a journey of (self)discovery among her family members in China to understand her own life between two cultures. But what begins on the domestic level of family history soon takes on a wider perspective as her parents and grandparents share untold stories of the past during and after the Cultural Revolution. Moving, heartbreaking, terrifying but ultimately life-affirming: WEIYENA – THE LONG MARCH HOME is a deeply personal, promising debut by a filmmaker setting out not only to explore her own story, but also a personal way of telling it.”



VIKTOR DOK.horizonte (5,000 euros)

THEY CALL ME BABU  

Director: Sandra Beerends

Jury statement: “An emotional journey back in time uncovers unseen footage of colonial Indonesia and boat travel to Holland. We meet a nanny, Babu, whose love for the Dutch family and its children enchanted all three members of the jury. A film that connects a personal story with dramatic events where history becomes alive and talks to us on a profoundly human level. The director’s sensibility in storytelling is stunning.”



FFF Documentary Talent Award (5,000 euros)

CHADDR – A RIVER BETWEEN US

Director: Minsu Park

Jury statement: “CHADDR – A RIVER BETWEEN US (CHADDR – UNTER UNS DER FLUSS) is the story of a family in the remote world of the Indian Himalayas. For 18 years a father has accompanied his three daughters to school along the extremely dangerous footpath next to the icy Chaddr River. Unobtrusively and almost incidentally, Minsu Park shows us big issues on a small scale, such as climate change and the technological advances that existentially threaten the family’s austere world. The camerawork, editing and music together create a calm, irresistible appeal that evokes wonder and deep empathy for the protagonists.”



megaherz Student Award (3,000 euros)

RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, AT HIGH SPEED  

Director: Yulia Lokshina

Jury statement: “This documentary unfolds boldly and without regard for classical narrative arcs, with many facets and a variety of different perspectives. Astonishingly, we are immersed in a universe, which, through its original combination of different elements, tells about so much more than particular precarious working conditions, the social engagement against them and the encouragement to think about them in theatre class. The film does just what cinema can achieve at its best: it creates images in the mind instead of just on the screen. At the same time, the montage, the camera’s gaze and the score create an open, playful and surprising impression. Using all available narrative resources the curious process of discovery is closely followed. The film breathes – it lives and resonates long after. It is engaged and formally unique.”


A jury of students awards the prize to a film in the Student Award section.