Awards for 2007
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
He Fengming: Bing Wang
The jury decided unanimously to give this prize to Wang Bing's deeply felt portrait of an outstanding woman, which creates an unforgettable moment in cinema.
Potosi: The Journey: Ron Havilio
This film not only reveals complex family dynamics but also reframes the responsibility of documentarists toward their subjects. The process of preserving memory in images becomes a process of preserving the family.
M: Nicolás Prividera
The film is not only a moving quest for the director but also a powerful essay on Argentina's recent tragic history.
Birth/Mother: Naomi Kawase
The jury decided to award the Special Prize to Tarachime, which depicts with surprising violence and tenderness the eternal flow of life.
Ogawa Shinsuke Prize
Bing ai: Yan Feng
This is a film that gently portrays Bingai, a friend of the director and the subject of the film. It reminded us of a fundamental power of documentary filmmaking, the power to heal. We believe that this film is an example that follows the best advice offered to young filmmakers by the director Ogawa Shinsuke, the name behind this award.
New Asian Currents - Special Mention
Somewhere Over the Cloud: Mei-Ling Hsiao
The Internet has truly become an integral part of our daily lives. The dialogue between the father and daughter over the Internet in this film is a reality we are already faced with. To what level do the virtual dialogues take their relationship? We are forced to ask a fundamental question about the act of filming when we watch the final scene, with the daughter refusing the father, and the father, the director's husband, firing questions into the camera. Against the backdrop of the political situation of Taiwan, this work poses questions about identities and family ties affected by nations, national boundaries, cultures, and politics.
New Asian Currents - Award of Excellence
Back Drop Kurdistan: Masaru Nomoto
It is not difficult to be interested in the Kurds. It is not difficult to be interested in refugees, either. But the director, Nomoto, is examining himself as a Japanese through his gaze at a family of Kurdish refugees. That is the virtue of this film that we appreciate most fervently.
The Drown Sea: Yuslam Fikri Anshari
When a sea that has enriched people's lives turns into land, it brings serious changes to their way of life. Not only do they have to give up fishing, they are faced with new challenges posed by newly formed forests and arable land. The film meticulously depicts the contradictions and struggles faced by the people of Kampung Laut, Indonesia. The drowning sea is a reality suffered by the people of Kampung Laut, and a message that is being signaled to today's world as well. It is a film that offers much encouragement for participatory filmmaking, which actively involves people in the production process.
Community Cinema Award
Encontros: Pierre-Marie Goulet
The jury decided to give this prize to Pierre-Marie Goulet for sharing with us a precious document that brings back a tradition of popular songs and poems in a delicate and tender manner.