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‘The Act of Killing’ Tops Sheffield Doc/Fest

'The Act of Killing' Tops Sheffield Doc/Fest

At the conclusion of its 20th edition yesterday, Sheffield Doc/Fest honored big-personality commissioning editor Nick Fraser of BBC’s Storyville with the Inspiration Award.  The festival’s main prize, the Special Jury Award went to Joshua Oppenheimer’s film “The Act of Killing,” which also won big at the Berlnale and CPH:Dox.  “The Act of Killing” has been gaining notice as one of the most intense films ever to be released.  In it, Oppenheimer works with a group of Indonesian death squad leaders to re-enact for a gangster noir film the genocidal murders they’ve done as a group in the late mid-to-late twentieth century.

READ MORE: FUTURES | Joshua Oppenheimer On This Year’s Most Disturbing Doc and Working with the Heads of Indonesian Death Squads to Re-Enact Mass Murders

The complete list of winners:

Inspiration Award: Nick Fraser (BBC Storyville)

Special Jury Award: “The Act of Killing” (Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)

Youth Jury Award: “God Loves Uganda” (Dir. Roger Ross Williams)

Innovation Award: “Alma, a Tale of Violence” (Dirs. Miquel Dewever-Plana & Isabelle Fougère)

Green Award: “Pandora’s Promise” (Dir. Robert Stone)

Student Doc Award: “Boys” (Dir. Marc Williamson)

Short Doc Award: “Slomo” (Dir. Josh Izenberg)

Tim Hetherington Award (with £1,000), awarded to the film that best reflects Hetherington’s legacy: “The Square” (Dir. Jehane Noujaim)

EDA Award for Best Female Director: “Rafae Solar Mama” (Dirs. Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim)

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Greg de Cuir, Jr

We also awarded the Grand Prix to "The Act of Killing" at Beldocs (Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival) earlier this year.

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