By Brian Brooks | Indiewire March 22, 2010 at 4:43AM
Uruguayan production, "Eyes Wide Open - Exploring Today's South America" won the audience award at the 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which closed over the weekend. The film, by Gonzalo Arijon, is described by the festival as a "journey through today's Latin America. After 500 years of exploitation and repression, Latin America is at a turning point in its history. A series of socialist leaders have come to power and the question now is, can they satisfy their people's hunger for change?" The prize includes 4,000 euro cash prize.
In other audience nods, Armernian/Greek production "Odysseas" by Vahagn Karapetyan won in the under 45 minute category. "Gaza We Are Coming" by Yorgos Avgeropoulos and Ioannis Karypidis took the Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a Greek Film over 45 minutes, while "Active Member" by Lefteris Fylaktos won in the short Greek category.
"Wandering Soul" by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou took the FIPRESCI prize and "To Shoot An Elephant" by Alerberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah (Spain) in the international category. China's "Petition" by Zhao Liang won the Amnesty International Award. The Netherlands' Jan Louter won the WWF Award for "The Last Days of Shishmaref" and "The Mermaid's Tears: Oceans of Plastic" by France's Sandrine Feydel took the Greek Public Television Broadcasting Award.
The 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival took place in Greece's second largest city March 12 - 21.