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'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod
TORONTO -- British director Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep grabbed the trophy for best feature documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Friday. Hopkins' portrait of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe adjusting to life in modern Turkey was one of a string of Middle Eastern-themed films to grab prizes in Toronto. Hot Docs' juried competition saw the best short documentary prize go to Badal, Israeli director Ibtisam Ma'arana's investigation into marriage swaps, with an honorable mention going to Danish filmmaker Malene Choi Jensen's Inshallah, the story of a young Muslim woman's struggle with discrimination. The best Canadian documentary feature award went to Shelley Saywell's Martyr Street, a look at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of two young girls living in the occupied territories.

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod
TORONTO -- British director Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep grabbed the trophy for best feature documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Friday. Hopkins' portrait of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe adjusting to life in modern Turkey was one of a string of Middle Eastern-themed films to grab prizes in Toronto. Hot Docs' juried competition saw the best short documentary prize go to Badal, Israeli director Ibtisam Ma'arana's investigation into marriage swaps, with an honorable mention going to Danish filmmaker Malene Choi Jensen's Inshallah, the story of a young Muslim woman's struggle with discrimination. The best Canadian documentary feature award went to Shelley Saywell's Martyr Street, a look at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of two young girls living in the occupied territories.

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod
TORONTO -- British director Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep grabbed the trophy for best feature documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Friday. Hopkins' portrait of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe adjusting to life in modern Turkey was one of a string of Middle Eastern-themed films to grab prizes in Toronto. Hot Docs' juried competition saw the best short documentary prize go to Badal, Israeli director Ibtisam Ma'arana's investigation into marriage swaps, with an honorable mention going to Danish filmmaker Malene Choi Jensen's Inshallah, the story of a young Muslim woman's struggle with discrimination. The best Canadian documentary feature award went to Shelley Saywell's Martyr Street, a look at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of two young girls living in the occupied territories.

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod

'37 Uses' takes Hot Docs feature nod
TORONTO -- British director Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep grabbed the trophy for best feature documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Friday. Hopkins' portrait of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe adjusting to life in modern Turkey was one of a string of Middle Eastern-themed films to grab prizes in Toronto. Hot Docs' juried competition saw the best short documentary prize go to Badal, Israeli director Ibtisam Ma'arana's investigation into marriage swaps, with an honorable mention going to Danish filmmaker Malene Choi Jensen's Inshallah, the story of a young Muslim woman's struggle with discrimination. The best Canadian documentary feature award went to Shelley Saywell's Martyr Street, a look at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of two young girls living in the occupied territories.

'My Country,' 'Circus' lead Berlin sidebar lineup

'My Country,' 'Circus' lead Berlin sidebar lineup
BERLIN -- The political, the eclectic and the simply weird will be on display in the official lineup for the Berlin International Film Festival's Forum sidebar. Highlights of the 2006 Forum, announced Friday, include My Country, My Country, Laura Poitras' the documentary about the Iraqi parliamentary elections; psychological thriller Strange Circus, from Japanese director Sono Sion; and the informatively titled docu 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep, from British helmer Ben Hopkins. This year's lineup includes features from 29 countries, spanning South Africa (Khalo Matabane's documentary Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon), Ukraine (Happy People, from Aleksandr Shapiro), Korea (So Yong-kim's In Between Days and Shin Dong-il's Host & Guest) and Brazil (Kiko Goifman's Acts of Men). Films by German directors featured in the 2006 Forum include Ulrich Koehler's surreal Windows on Monday and two films that deal with the complicated relationship between Germany and Turkey: Thomas Arslan's From Far Away and Aysun Bademsoy's On the Outskirts. Meanwhile, up-and-coming talent and cutting-edge German filmmaking are the key features of this year's Perspectives on German Cinema, the Berlin sidebar that focuses on young German directors.

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