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“War Tapes” and “37 Uses for a Dead Sheep” Take First BritDoc Fest Prizes

"War Tapes" and "37 Uses for a Dead Sheep" Take First BritDoc Fest Prizes

The War Tapes” by Deborah Scranton and Ben Hopkins‘ “37 Uses for a Dead Sheep” won the inaugural won the international competition and best British documentary prizes respectively over the weekend at the first annual BritDoc documentary festival in Oxford, England. “37 Uses” follows the travails of the Pamir Kirghiz people along their long journey from Russia, to China, Afghanistan in their quest to preserve their culture from Communism. They finallly settle in Turkey where they face a new foe, globalization. “War Tapes” is the first war film to be shot by soldiers on the frontline, showing life for a group of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Xiaolu Guo‘s “How is Your Fish Today?” received a special mention at the fest. BritDoc took place July 26 – 28. [Brian Brooks]

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