Of late due to documentaries that have done well like "Super-Size Me", "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Farenheit 9/11" the whole genre has been reinvigorated. People are going to see documentaries again. They are seen as entertaining as well as enlightening. It's about time!
Really understanding that art (film) should be accessible to everyone, the organizers at RIDM had several screenings that were presented at the Grande Bibliotheque. To top it off these were not just any screenings, but some of the biggest documentaries of the year, like "Up the Yangtze", were shown.
The importance of a festival like this is two-pronged. We get to see films about important topics like immigration, the effects on the environment of commercialization and the aftermath of 9/11 plus the films act as voices for those whose voices are not often heard.
The Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Motnreal was celebrating its 11th edition and 11 was the magic number. Over 11 days the voices of many people around the world were brought to us here in Montreal. Documentaries offer us the opportunity to have a window to the world and to really see what is happening on our planet. Documentaries really celebrate the human experience with all its warts showing. It truly is beautiful to watch!
CAMERA-STYLO AWARD: La Forteresse (Switzerland) by Fernand Melgar
CAMERA AT THE READY AWARD: The Sari Soldiers (United States, Nepal) by Julie Bridgham
ECOCAMERA AWARD: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (United States) by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: La Savane américaine (Québec) Jean-François Méan and Ian Lagarde
DOCTAPE AWARD: Seeds of Summer (Israel) by Hen Lasker.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: Antoine (Quebec) by Laura Bari
FIRST CAMERA AWARD: Siete Instantes (Mexico) by Diana Cardozo.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: Suddenly Last Winter (Italy) by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi
IMAGE AWARD: Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomorav for La Mère (Switzerland, France and Russia)
EDITING AWARD: Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomorav for La Mère (Switzerland, France and Russia).
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: Karine Sudan for La Forteresse (Switzerland) and Mathilde Muyard for Kommunalka (France)
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (United States) by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater