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Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Awards Winners

By May 2, 2010

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The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of awards in its documentary categories. They are:

  • Best Documentary Feature: Monica & David, directed by Alexandra Codina (USA). The Best Documentary Feature winner receives $25,000 in cash and the art award "Jorge, 2003/2009" by Vik Muniz.
  • Special Jury Mention: Budrus, directed by Julia Bacha (USA, Palestine, Israel)
  • Best New Documentary Filmmaker: Clio Barnard for The Arbor (UK). The Best New Documentary Filmmaker wins $25,000 cash.

Additionally, the 2010 Heineken Audience Award was won by a documentary, RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage (Canada), directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, who win $25,000 cash.

What are these prize-winning nonfiction films about?

David & Monica tells the touching story of two down syndrome adults who fall in love and want to marry. In order to do so, they must negotiate social prejudices and tricky bureaucracy. Budrus follows a local Palestinian politician who leads his supporters in a protest against Israel's building of a fence that will seperate the villagers of Budrus from their land. The Arbor, a fascinating biodoc about British playwright Andrea Dunbar, tells of subject's disturbing life by employing actors who mouth the recorded words of Andrea Dunbar's relatives and colleagues, who were interviewed off camera. RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage is a rockumentary about the legendary Canadian band, tracing its development from the early days to the present day.

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