DOC NYC Fest Announces Audience and Jury Awards; Winners Include ‘Informant’ & ‘Rafea: Solar Mama’

DOC NYC Fest Announces Audience and Jury Awards; Winners Include 'Informant' & 'Rafea: Solar Mama'

New York’s DOC NYC festival, which ran November 8-15, announces its jury and audience award winners. Included are Jamie Meltzer’s “Informant,” a portrait of radical activist-turned-FBI informant Brandon Darby, and Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief’s “Rafea: Solar Mama,” with follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer. Full list below.

Viewfinders Competition: The jury selected from among ten films in this section, chosen by the programmers for their distinct directorial visions.

Grand Jury Prize Winner – Informant, directed by Jamie Meltzer, probes the radical activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby

Special Jury Prize Winner – Rafea: Solar Mama, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer

Metropolis Competition: The jury selected from among seven films in this section, which showcases films that exemplify the diverse range of stories in New York City.

Grand Jury Prize Winner – Radioman, directed by Mary Kerr, is a portrait of the legendary New York movie bit player

Special Jury Prize Winner – Zipper, directed by Amy Nicholson, examines the changing nature of Coney Island

SundanceNOW Audience Award: Features from both competitive sections were eligible for this award, based on audience balloting at the first screening of each film.

Winner – Rafea: Solar Mama, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer

Shorts Competition: All films playing in the shorts section, plus the two shorts screening in the Metropolis section, were eligible for this jury prize.

Grand Jury Prize Winner – Flo, directed by Riley Hooper

Special Jury Prize Winners – The Children Next Door, directed by Doug Block, and Julian, directed by Bao Nguyen

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