"First Cousin" Claims Top Idfa Prize; "Sugar Man" Takes Both Audience and Music Awards at Dutch Doc Event

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The awards for the 25th anniversary International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) were announced in a ceremony today, covering the various competition sections of the world's largest documentary event. Alan Berliner's Nyff entry, "First Cousin Once Removed," a moving portrait of Edwin Honig facing Alzheimer's, took Idfa's top honor, the Vpro Idfa Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, a distinction that comes with a hefty €12,500 prize. Esther Hertog's "Soldier on the Roof," a look at a small community of Jewish settlers in the overwhelmingly Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron, claimed both the First Appearance Award and the Best Dutch Documentary Award, a total of €10,000. Also taking home two nods was Malik Bendjelloul, whose "Searching for Sugar Man" received €7,500 between his Audience Award and Best Music Documentary Award, repeating the film's double win from its premiere at the beginning...
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