The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and Cinereach presented the 2009 Cinereach Award to Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Paolo Santolini for their film "Back Home Tomorrow." The film weaves together the stories of two children affected by war during their stays in the hands of Italian aid organization Emergency.
"'Back Home Tomorrow' exemplifies the meaningful and artistic filmmaking that Cinereach is committed to supporting," said Cinereach Creative Director Michael Raisler, in a statement. "We're proud to join with Human Rights Watch in acknowledging the achievements of these and other filmmakers who use the power of film to promote dialogue and facilitate cross-cultural understanding."
Last year's Cinereach Award went to "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)," directed by Ellen Kuras and Co-Directed by Thavisouk Phrasavath. The film went on to win Best Documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival closes Thursday with a screening of "The Yes Men Fix The World."