Special Mention: Katka

At the ceremony the Jury gave a special mention to one of the films, here is what they said:

The jury would like to give special mention to Helena Trestikova’s Katka, an unflinching portrait of fourteen years in the life of a young woman trapped in the cycle of heroin dependency.

We were particularly taken by Trestikova’s compassionate treatment of her subject and her dedication to following her over such a considerable period of time.

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And the winner is…

The document 10 International Jury Award goes to The Redemption of General Butt Naked by Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion.

The film tells the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi’s transformation from feared Liberian warlord to evangelical minister preaching to and seeking forgiveness from his former victims.

But how can you trust and forgive the man who slaughtered your loved ones?

How can you ask forgiveness for crimes of this magnitude?

What are the limits if faith and reconciliation in a post-conflict society?

The film raises important questions but refuses to give easy answers. We were impressed how the filmmakers allow for ambivalence in our reaction to a complex character, toeing the line between portraying the egomaniacal, manipulating side of a violent man and showing the steps he takes to own up to his crimes, who might just have changed one form of control (war) for another (religion).

It is such an incredible honour to be selected by the jury for an award at the Document 10 International Human Rights Film Festival. Our film is not a traditional human rights documentary. We tackled very difficult questions about both the power and the limits of faith and forgiveness in a post-war nation. The result is a film that can be deeply unsettling – one that asks the viewer to wrestle with complicated and uncomfortable questions. It is truly an honour to have the jury recognize what we attempted to do in our film. We are both humbled and honoured to accept this award.

– Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss

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Festival launch: Friday 19 October 2012

CCA Bar/Restaurant 7.00pm–8.00pm

Festival Launch: Reception

CCA5 8.00pm–10.00pm

Presentation

Document Lifetime Achievement Award: Rithy Panh

To mark our tenth anniversary, Document is presenting its first Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of the Human Rights Film Network, a worldwide association of film festivals dedicated to the representation of human rights through the moving image. The recipient of this year’s award is Rithy Panh – who, in his films about Cambodia, explores the state of the nation in the aftermath of the years of genocide. His work at once attempts to focus on what is in danger of being lost – the unique cultural heritage of his homeland – whilst commenting on the Cambodia of today, beset by the nightmares of the recent past and the challenges of a nation reinventing itself in the context of a changed world.

Rithy Panh is director of films such as: S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, a powerful return to the labour camps for an encounter between former prisoners and their oppressors; Burnt Theatre, a film which becomes a stage on which fiction and reality meet in order to reconcile past with present; and Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers, a journey into the world of prostitution in contemporary Cambodia.

Opening Film

Special Flight

Fernand Melgar | Switzerland 2011 | 103 Mins

After The Fortress, which portrayed reception conditions for asylum seekers in Switzerland, Fernand Melgar takes a look at the other end of the migrants’ journey: those men awaiting deportation from the administrative detention centre of Frambois. Some have spent several years in Switzerland – worked, paid taxes, started families. But their requests for asylum have finally been denied. Although incarceration may last up to 24 months, the deportation order is always effected without notice.

Behind the locked doors, tension builds. Attempts at friendship between warden and inmate are mocked by the certainty that the moment deportation is announced, it will unravel in a moment, as those who refuse to leave are handcuffed, tied up and forcibly put on a plane.

In this situation, even despair has an administrative title: special flight.

Lifetime Achievement Award sculpture by Karen-Ann Dicken
karen-anndicken.co.uk

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Ten years of Document

This year Document 10 is celebrating its tenth anniversary. We are preparing a special programme that will mark our birthday:

  • we are inviting directors and human rights activists from all over the world,
  • we have a competition for the best documentary of the festival awarded by an international jury,
  • we will honour an outstanding director with a special lifetime achievement award,
  • and we will be screening a retrospective of the best films shown in our programme throughout the years.

And, of course, we will have a great selection of documentary films, both by established directors and by emerging filmmakers, capturing the real meaning of human rights in a global civil society,

This is a glimpse of what happened at the last edition of Document, giving you an idea of what to expect this October.

https://vimeo.com/38306939

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Document is the only dedicated international human rights documentary film festival in Scotland. Held annually in October, we’re a grassroots initiative that aims to use film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights & social issues across the globe.

Document has built its reputation by screening films which critically engage with the world we live in at the start of the 21st century; stories at once personal and universal in significance, by emerging and established filmmakers from every country and culture.

The festival provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, UK and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. We screen a large and diverse selection of human rights films that are rarely shown in the UK to offer a broader understanding of issues often ignored by the mainstream media.

We show work in a wide range of styles, from reportage to cinematic essays, from investigative journalism to experimental forms addressing issues such as:

• immigration & asylum
• women
• war & conflict
• self-determination
• racism
• miscarriages of justice
• eviction
• poverty
• social exclusion
• workers/unemployed rights
• mental health & social care
• young people
• human trafficking
• indigenous cultures
• environmental concerns
• global policies & local consequences
• LGBT rights…

We aim to be flexible, open to persuasion, ready to be surprised by an unexpected form or theme.

As a proud member of the Human Rights Film Network we visit sister documentary festivals throughout the year to help build further ties with the international community of human rights advocates, filmmakers and programmers.

We collaborate with many individuals and organisations working on the ground throughout Scotland and the UK to highlight the issues raised in the films.

By screening dynamic and thought-provoking work from every continent and by attracting international directors and guest speakers to Glasgow, Document has become a significant player in the field of international human rights And, in so doing, we’ve helped to promote the image of Scotland abroad as a politically engaged, tolerant and multicultural society.

Document’s reputation as a key cultural asset to Glasgow is further enhanced by the ongoing education and outreach activities that we run throughout the year.

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Call For Submissions

Submissions Deadline: 27 April 2012

We are pleased to announce Document 10, 16–20 October 2012, Glasgow, Scotland.

Over the past nine years, the Document Festival has built its reputation by screening films which critically engage with the world we live in at the start of the 21st century: stories at once personal and universal in significance, by emerging and established filmmakers from every country and culture.

We seek to show work which explores the idea of human rights in its broadest definition and in a wide range of styles, from reportage to cinematic essays, from investigative journalism to experimental forms.

Document 10 will screen documentary films old and new, from home and abroad, addressing issues such as:

  • immigration & asylum
  • women
  • war & conflict
  • self-determination
  • racism
  • LGBT rights
  • miscarriages of justice
  • eviction
  • poverty
  • social exclusion
  • workers/unemployed rights
  • mental health & social care
  • young people
  • human trafficking
  • indigenous cultures
  • environmental concerns
  • global policies & local consequences …

Document 11 welcomes applications from documentary filmmakers to participate in the only UK-based festival dedicated to international human rights.

Submissions Contact: Mona Rai Festival/Programme Co-ordinator

Tel: 00 44 (0) 141 332 9775

Email: documentsubs@gmail.com

General Contact: Karol Piekarczyk Festival/Programme Co-ordinator

email: karol@documentfilmfestival.com

telephone: 00 44 (0) 141 332 9775

mobile: 00 44 (0) 7807 743 901

Download application form

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