The Museum of Natural History has announced the winners of the 2015 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award. The award honors documentary filmmakers who have made films that present a new perspective on a foreign nation or culture. For the first time in the festival’s history, the award is shared by two filmmakers: Kim Beamish for “Tentmakers of Cairo” and Iiris Harma for “Leaving Africa: A Story of Friendship and Empowerment.”
“Tentmakers of Cairo” tells the story of Egypt’s transition to democracy through the daily lives of tent craftsmen and salesmen, and “Leaving Africa” follows a Finnish doctor and a Ugandan activist as they fight for greater birth control and sexual education in the central African country.
The festival also presented a Special Mention Award to Aldona Watts for her film “Land of Songs,” which explores the singing tradition of a small Lithuanian village.