The award, which carries a 50,000 Euro cash prize, honors and encourages the future development of documentary films with political and social impact. To be eligible for this year’s award, films needed to have been released in or after 2009.
The final winner will be chosen by a jury comprised of actors Danny Glover and Djimon Hounsou, director Mira Nair, British activist Jemima Khan and Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. The award will be announced at a ceremony in Berlin (Puma is based in Germany) November 13.
“The PUMA.Creative Impact Award is part of PUMA’s ongoing commitment at the intersection of film and activism, and is in line with our mission to contribute to a better world,” said Mark Coetzee, Programme Director, PUMAVision and Chief Curator, PUMA.Creative, “a world that is safer, more peaceful, and more creative than the one we know today.”
For more information on the Impact award, visit the website here. Below are the nominees.
Armadillo (Denmark, 2010), Directed by Janus Metz, Produced by Ronnie Fridthjof and Sara Stockmann
“Armadillo” is a gut-punching account of the growing cynicism and adrenaline addiction of a band of brothers, a group of young Danish soldiers at war in Afghanistan. It has raised public awareness about the war in Afghanistan as well as deep political debate about the consequences for both soldiers and civilians.
Bag It (U.S., 2010), Directed by Suzan Beraza, Produced by Judy Kohin
An average American man pledges to stop using plastic bags, and before long he has embarked on a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. A film that has effected change in consumer behaviour by reducing consumption of single use plastics and encouraging communities to adopt bag bans.
Budrus (U.S., 2009), Directed by Julia Bacha, Produced by Ronit Avni Rula Salameh and Julia Bacha
Palestinian political factions and Israelis unite in a Gandhian struggle to save a village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Together, they unleash a successful nonviolent movement that is still gaining ground today in both Palestinian and Israeli civic society enabled by a unique platform provided by the film.
Gasland (U.S., 2010), Directed by Josh Fox, Produced by Trish Adlesic and Molly Gandour
Part verité road trip, part exposé, mystery and showdown, “Gasland” follows director Josh Fox on a 24-state investigation into the devastating, toxic effects of the aggressive drilling process known as fracking. In the two years since release, Gasland put fracking firmly on the public agenda and has helped pressure elected officials to curtail the practice.
Weapon of War
Directed and Produced by Ilse & Femke van Velzen
Giving voice to soldiers who used rape as a weapon during decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this film follows them as they try to reconcile with their past and break the vicious circle of sexual violence. “Weapon of War” is an example of film being used as a highly strategic educational tool and engaging debate on the taboo issue of rape within the military.