Award Winning Documentaries

2013

Best Full length Documentary ($1000.00)

Songs of Redemption
Miquel Galofre (78m, Spain, Jamaica)
The film reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. For these prisoners, as described by one inmate, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY ($500.00)

Shokran, Toni
Nahid Toubia (12m, Sudan)
In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,' which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.

AUDIENCES CHOICE AWARDS

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM, ST. LOUIS, MO (March 1-3, 2013)

Takeo: A Percussionist with Down Syndrome
Takashi Tokida (76m, Japan)
An inspirational film about a young Japanese musician with Down Syndrome. Takeo Niikura has always loved music and socially interacts with people through the power of music. Having attempted several instruments through his development, Takeo had found a love for African drumming after having participated in a drumming workshop in elementary school. Now 24 years old and with many performances under his belt, he finally achieved his long-held dream by signing-up for a drumming workshop in Senegal, the homeland of his beloved instrument. The documentary follows his development as a musician as well as an individual. Takeo’s enthusiasm for music is inspirational, and his journey unforgettable.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 16-17, 2013)

Flare
Creative Artistic (10m, Netherlands)
An intimate look at the life of a Dutch woman suffering from an extreme case of Lupus. We meet Ida and follow her through day to day life, from long train rides seeking medical help to the intimacies of her past in this monochromatic short film. As though from a first person observer, we hope to better understand a less than popular disease and the effects of its affliction.

LAGOS, NIGERIA (March 21-24, 2013)

Rwanda - 17: Healing a Nation
Claudio von Planta (63m, United Kingdom, Rwanda)
The Documentary captures the story of rising Rwandan football stars who qualified to compete at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Born just after the 1994 genocide, these young players - more than half of them orphaned by war - show how discipline, determination and uncompromising team spirit leads to the success that can inspire a nation to reconcile and recover from a murderous past. Presented by award winning Sierra Leone reporter Sorious Samura, the story of these young players represents Rwanda’s breathtaking evolution and hopes for a better future, with good leadership and unity at the heart of not only sporting success but also a nation’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and prosperity.

YAOUNDÉ, CAMEROON (April 8-12, 2013)

Standing at the Touchlines
Ashley Morrison (52m, Australia)
'The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game they should be playing,' wrote activist Steve Biko before his death in 1977. He was referring to life under apartheid in South Africa, but the statement was also true when it came to football. Football is a key part of African Life; it is a sport that brings the people together; A sport that gave them their independence. However, would South Africa hosting the World Cup bond a continent? 'Standing at the Touchlines' travels through Africa during the World Cup in 2010 to find out.

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY, ST. LOUIS, MO (April 8-12, 2013)

Dear Mandela
Dara Kell (93m, South Africa, USA)
When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved and decided to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows the journey of these three young people from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.

LAWRENCE, KS (April 17-20, 2013)

Woodstock in Timbuktu - The Art of Resistance (Woodstock in Timbuktu - Die Kunst des Widerstands)
Désirée von Trotha (90m, Germany)
Documentary about a music festival in the Sahara rooted in an ancient nomadic tradition. The festival is the ideal platform for the encounter with the Kel Tamasheq (Touareg) and witnesses their inspiring cultural aliveness today. But through increasing challenges of globalization their ancient nomadic traditions are now threatened. As a result, these legendary people feel the urgent need to oppose - with their amazing music.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA (April 25-28, 2013)

Songs of Redemption
Miquel Galofre (78m, Spain, Jamaica)
The film reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. For these prisoners, as described by one inmate, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.

BELLVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA (July 24-August 1, 2013)

Voices
Joachim Landau (52m, France)
The new voices of South African cinema speak about the future of their industry. The documentary focuses on the renewal of the sector, the South African style and identity, issues and goals.

LONDON, UK (August 30-September 9, 2013)

Songs of Redemption
Miquel Galofre (78m, Spain, Jamaica)
The film reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. For these prisoners, as described by one inmate, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.
2012

Best Full length Documentary ($1000.00)

Surfing Soweto
Sara Blecher (85m, South Africa.)
Over the course of the last 3 years Cinga Productions has been following and documenting the lives of three of the most notorious train surfers in Soweto: Bitch Nigga, Lefa and Mzembe. We have followed them on to the top of trains hurtling through Soweto. We have followed them into the heroin dens of Hilbrow, and jails with names like Sun City - all in the hope of understanding their frustrations and documenting the lives of the new generation of youth in Soweto. Surfing Soweto is the story of this forgotten generation.

Best Short Documentary ($500.00)

We Win or We Die
Mathew Millan (21m, USA)
February, 2011. The people of Benghazi revolt against the brutal regime of Moammar Gaddafi. Yet standing in the way of liberation is the 2-mile sprawling fortress known as the Katiba. Holding hundreds of soldiers and heavy artillery, it stands poised to rain death down upon the protesters. The film is the story of an ordinary Libyan who understands that there is but one way to stop the bloodshed and one way to gain freedom. The sprawling fortress, the fist of Gaddafi, the Katiba must fall...

Audience Choice Awards

YAOUNDÉ, CAMEROON (February 7-10, 2012)

The Big Banana
Franck Gilles Brice Hameni Bieleu (85m, Cameroon)
In the coastal region of Cameroon, in Central Africa, a western conglomerate has set up a lucrative exploitation of dessert banana for over 30 years. This lucrative business should normally generate wealth and economic growth for community as well as for the company, instead, the plantation workers barely manage to survive with as low as 40 dollars per month work over 15 hours a day, health issues arise due to the use of toxic chemical product use to treat banana trees, people get expropriated by the state in favor of the almighty big banana company so it can generate billions of profits. People of the Moungo region are failed by their government and their representatives who are bought and paid for by the company.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (February 16-18, 2012)

Street Journeys
Tracy Christian (58m, USA)
For the street children of Nairobi, hope for the future is dim-until renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu lifts their spirits and awakens their joy through the power of the theater. Given a home and the chance to express their gifts on stage, the orphaned children flourish, but an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test as they journey from down-and-out Nairobi to the bright lights of Broadway.

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM, ST. LOUIS, MO (February 24-25, 2012)

   Full-length Documentary

Give a Damn?
Dan Parris (92m, USA)
The documentary is about three friends, two Christian idealists and one militant atheist, who agree to attempt to live in extreme poverty, on $1.25 a day, across 3 continents to discover their responsibility to the poor. The story follows them as they leave their homes in St. Louis, hitchhike across the United States, backpack across Europe and travel to Africa. The film takes a devastating turn when two of them survive a deadly plane crash in Africa, and all three must fight in their own way to finish what they started.

   Short Documentary

We Want What's Ours (Sifuna Okwethu)
Bernadette Atuahene (19m, USA)
We Want What's Ours is a documentary short filmed in South Africa and is about loss, resistance, identity and the elusiveness of justice as experienced by the Ndolila family in their quest to get back their family land stolen by the apartheid government in 1973. Standing in their way are working class black homeowners who purchased portions of the Ndolila's land in the 1990s. For the homeowners, the land and houses they have legally purchased are a reward for their hard work. For the Ndolilas, the land is part of their family legacy and hence deeply intertwined with their identity. Both sides have a legitimate right to the land, but whose rights will prevail?

CAVE HILL, BARBADOS (March 8-11, 2012)

Surfing Soweto
Sara Blecher (85m, South Africa)
Over the course of the last 3 years Cinga Productions has been following and documenting the lives of three of the most notorious train surfers in Soweto: Bitch Nigga, Lefa and Mzembe. We have followed them on to the top of trains hurtling through Soweto. We have followed them into the heroin dens of Hilbrow, and jails with names like Sun City - all in the hope of understanding their frustrations and documenting the lives of the new generation of youth in Soweto. Surfing Soweto is the story of this forgotten generation.

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY, MO (March 26-30, 2012)

Twilight Revelation: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie
Yemane I Demessie (58m, Ethiopia, USA)
The documentary film explores and analyzes watershed events during the reign of the former Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie. Using a wealth of archival footage and photographs, the documentary reexamines the imperial administration through the eyes of numerous notable individuals who played substantive roles and worked closely with the emperor. The featured witnesses include former ministers, a general, a state attorney and a judge, parliamentarians, high ranking civil servants and staff from the royal court. It also featured members of the royal family including his grandchildren. The observations and narratives of these individuals shed a new light on the personality, leadership style and the myth behind Ethiopia’s last emperor.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS (April 25-28, 2012)

Sunday in Brazzaville (Dimanche a Brazzaville)
Enric Bach (51m, Spain & Congo)
A young radio talk host, Carlos La Menace, unveils in his weekend show three figures of Congo's capital, Brazzaville. The Sapeur Yves Saint Laurent, surrounded by extreme poverty, chooses elegance as a way of life. Cheriff Bakala is not a usual rapper. Finally, Palmas Yaya, Brazzaville's wrestling champion is relying on voodoo to defend its throne in a crucial moment of his life...

ILE-IFE, NIGERIA (May 1-6, 2012)

Real Voodoo
Sandra M. Whiteley (52m, Haiti, Canada)
In January 2010 a few days after Haiti suffered a massive earthquake, evangelical leader Pat Robertson went on air to blame the devastation on Haitians' 'pact with the devil' He was talking about Voodoo Was he right? Is Voodoo evil? To find out we decided to ask 'What is Voodoo? After many trips to Haiti pre and post-earthquake you know what we found? This is not Pat Robertson's Voodoo. It is something else. We think we have seen the Real Voodoo and we think you will be amazed when you see it too

LONDON, UK (August 30-September 9, 2012)

Otelo Burning
Sara Blecher (96m, South Africa)
It is 1989 and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa has reached its peak. Based on real events, the documentary tells the powerful story of three Zulu boys, Otelo Buthelezi and his friends, escape from the misery of their own harsh township lives through the joy of surfing. Overcoming his traditional fear of the water, Otelo Buthelezi discovers a natural talent, finding freedom on the waves and a huge potential for change through surfing. But in the turmoil of a country on the cusp of change, he is dragged down into a spiral of jealousy and violence. As Nelson Mandela finally walks free, Otelo must choose between two worlds that will change his life forever.
2011

Best Full length Documentary ($1000.00)

AN AFRICAN ELECTION
Jarreth Merz (89m, Ghana, Switzerland, U S A)
The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. The film follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider's view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. Throughout the documentary, the film maker depicts the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.

Best Short Documentary ($500.00)

WHERE DO I STAND?
Molly Blank (38m, South Africa)
When xenophobic attacks broke out across South Africa in 2008, many were shocked by a violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their democratic nation. Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people grappling with their actions during and after this violence. They include a Rwandan refugee, a girl wrestling with the reality of foreigners in her township, a boy facing calls of cowardice, a girl whose family sheltered their Malawian gardener. This violence was another challenge to a country still struggling with the legacy of apartheid, poverty, unemployment, and racial divisions. The film captures the optimistic voices of youth struggling with their experiences and expectations while trying to figure out their own places in this complex nation.

Audience Choice Awards

St. Louis, MO Audiences

   Full-length Documentary

ENTER THE DEMON DRUMMER
Ram Loevy (70m, Israel)
It seemed like a simple story: a group of Israeli 'drum addicts' travels to the Republic of Mali, to study the Djembe, the ceremonial African drumming. Gradually it becomes a highly charged encounter between black Muslims and white Jews, between Hi-Tec experts and poor villagers and ends as a heart breaking love affair.

   Short Documentary

THE STINKING SHIP
Bagassi Koura (27m, U S A)
The Stinking Ship is a documentary about the Probo Koala, a tanker ship from Europe that, on August 19, 2006, dumped 528 tons of toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire. This caused the sickness of thousands of individuals and the death of several people, in what quickly became known as the Probo Koala scandal, one of the biggest environmental disasters of the past decade.

Barbados' Audiences

SOMBRAS
Oriol Canals (94m, France, Spain)
Every year, immigrants beach on the Spanish coasts. At times, it's like they've always been there, as if they were part of some strange rites of spring, irrevocably doomed to be washed up on the shores of my land. Nameless faces haunting my thoughts... How to film people who are afraid to be seen? How to tell their stories when all they want is to forget? The strength and originality of Sombras (shadows) is that it gives a voice to illegal immigrants as they tell their stories, full face, to their families back in Africa. These audiovisual letters form the structure of the film. Scraps of shattered lives. A brief journey from the shadows into the light. Speaking directly to us, looking us in the eye, they hold up a mirror to whatever is left of our humanity.

Cameroon's Audiences

TWIGA STARS: TANZANIA'S SOCCER SISTERS
Nisha Ligon (78m, Tanzania, Thailand, U S A)
Follow a year in the life of the Twiga Stars, Tanzania's national women's football team, as they come together for their biggest competition ever. Through the gruel of intensive practices, the heartbreak of team cuts, and the tragedies of life that strike along the way, the girls support each other and work together to achieve what no one could have imagined. Cheer on the Twiga Stars as they fight together to prove 'wanawake wanaweza,' meaning 'women are capable.'
2010

Full Length Documentary ($1,000 )

HARLEM MART 125
Rachelle Gardner
A documentary about the epic struggle and complexities surrounding the redevelopment of Harlem, especially Harlem's main commercial sector. This film takes its viewers on a historical journey that depicts the economic transition of 125th street from the late 1960's to present day. This is a story that takes an introspective look at the changing face of the most well known African-American neighborhood and examines a complexity of issues that surround this community in peril!
THE ROAD TO NKUNDA
Douglas Busby
In a region where war has raged for many years and almost no news ever comes out of the region, the filmmakers find themselves on an unpredictable quest for an answer. What are the rebels in eastern DR Congo fighting for? There is no handbook to prepare them for what they are about to experience as they push forward towards the ultimate prize, the rebel leader General Nkunda himself. After unsuccessful negotiations with the United Nations and the Congolese Army, they forge ahead, without permission, to find the elusive Rebel General.

Best Short Documentary ($500 )

MUSIC BY PRUDENCE
Roger Ross Williams

Audience Choice Awards

SHADES OF THE BORDER
Patrick William Smith
Located on the same small island divided by class, wealth, and skin color, Haiti and the Dominican Republic face heated immigration issues. This film explores the disconnect between the Dominican media and the reality of violence and racism against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
FREDDY ILLANGA
Katrin Hansing
The film looks at the unusual life story as a Congolese rebel youth, his time and relationship with Che Guevara and his long awaited re-encounter with his family. It is a film about an African man whose life has predominantly been determined by the power struggles of the Cold War and Cuban Revolution and who is now trying to take his destiny back into his own hands.
THE ATHLETE
Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew
The remarkable and true life story of the great Ethiopian Olympic marathon runner, Abebe Bikila. The film is an extraordinary narrative feature that seamlessly blends autobiography, biopic, drama and documentary. It investigates the inner workings of a man who is ceaseless and single-minded in his journey for greatness.
I'M NOT BLACK, I'M COLORED
Kiersten Chace
In the wake of one of the greatest failed social experiments in the history of mankind, 'I'm not Black, I'm Colored' is the first documentary film to look at the legacy of Apartheid from the viewpoint of the Cape Colored.

Young Filmmakers Award ($250 )

WHY US? LEFT BEHIND AND DYING
Claudia Pryor
A story of a small group of inner-city African-American teenagers exploring the social, cultural, and scientific reasons why HIV rates are disproportionately high in black America and Africa. They explore the connection between HIV and secrecy, gender inequality, and homophobia in the black community. They also find out how prison incarceration, racism, and poverty help the virus flourish in their world.
2009

Full Length Documentary Category:

First Place - (Prize: $1,000 )

The Black Candle
M K Asante Jr
Narrated by Maya Angelou, The Black Candle is a landmark film that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience.
Death of Two Sons
Micah Schaffer
This documentary explores the circumstances surrounding the murder of Guinean immigrant, Amadou Diallo in New York City, at the hands of the NYPD. Jesse Thyne, and exuberant American Peace Corps volunteer who lived in and worked with Amadou's family in his home village in Guinea, died there less than a year after Amadou's shooting. "Death of Two Sons" examines the political, personal and spiritual implications of these tragic deaths.

Second Place

The Little Black School House
Sylvia Hamilton
The Little Black School House unearths the hidden story of Canada's racially segregated Black schools. It is a poignant and unfailingly honest evocation of the struggle of the children, women and men to achieve dignity and equality in education--a right fundamental to democracy.

Third Place

Kick The Lion - witchcraft and Football in Africa
Oliver G. Becke
What can you do to strengthen your own body and mind before playing a soccer match? What can you do to weaken your opponent? KICK THE LION explores the secret but fascinating world of Traditional African Medicine & Religion! You may call it 'juju', 'muti', 'witchcraft' or 'magic' - Use the fat of the lion, the hoof of a zebra or the hand of a monkey - mix it with herbs and pray!

The Audience Choice Award

JAMAICA FOR SALE
Esther Figueroa and Diana McCaulay
The Caribbean is the region's most economically dependent on Tourism. As Jamaica is irreversibly transformed by the travel service industry, the documentary "Jamaica for Sale" documents this transformation and also counters the dominant view that tourism is the savior of Jamaican people.

Short Length Category:

First Place - (Prize $500 )

Nora
Alla Kovgan, David Hinton
Shot in Southern Africa, "Nora" is based on childhood memories of the dancer Nora Chipaumire who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. Using performance and dance, she brings her history to life in a swiftly moving poem of sound and image. The original score was composed by a Zimbabwean legend - Thomas Mapfumo.
Wild Ocean
Steve McNicholas, Luke Cresswell
Wild Ocean is in an uplifting, action-packed large-format and 3D cinema experience capturing one of nature's greatest migration spectacles. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy like no other, amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa. This is where Africa meets the Sea.

Second Place

Massacre at Murambi
Sam Kauffmann
Does the way we responded to the genocide in Rwanda tell us about whom we are as members of the 'Global Village' and predict our response to Darfur?

Third Place

But Some Are Brave
Grace Channer
But Some Are Brave is a five-minute oil painted animated film infused with evocative vocals and a lyrical sounds cape. A poetic chronicle, it weaves the cultural and political histories of communities under attack into a visually spectacular testament to the power of struggle and resistance.

AUDIENCE CHOICE

Wild Ocean
Steve McNicholas, Luke Cresswell
Wild Ocean is in an uplifting, action-packed large-format and 3D cinema experience capturing one of nature's greatest migration spectacles. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy like no other, amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa. This is where Africa meets the Sea
2007

Full Length Documentary Category:

First Prize - $1,000.00

NSSM
Del Walters (72m, U S A)
The real story of the collapse of Africa. The film traces the roots of the CIA in Africa and how racism and American ignorance fueled foreign policy. To make their case the film makers use never before heard audio tapes, films and newly declassified textual records from the National Archives that truly revealed the real reason as to why the brightest lights on the African continent are dark

Second Prize - $700.00

Revolution '67
The American struggle with race, inequality, idealism, and power in the 1960s is explored through the story of the riots that erupted in Newark, New Jersey, in 1967. The untold story of what really happened during the Newark riots is told in archival footage, bold animation, and from the mouths of the people who lived it. The film's coda measures the vital signs of Newark today.

Third Prize - $500.00

Reyita
Oliva Acosta, Elena Ortega (84m, Cuba, Spain)
The story of a Cuban, black woman who was born in 1902: Maria de los Reyes, Reyita. Her story would have gone unnoticed, even by her own family, if her youngest daughter had not written a book about it. A story of slavery, discrimination and struggle at a time when being a woman meant invisibility and fighting for survival.

Short Documentary Category:

First Prize - $500.00

The Imam and the Pastor
Alan Channer (39m, Nigeria, United Kingdom)
The unlikely partnership between a Muslim fundamentalist preacher and a Christian evangelist from Nigeria. The film traces their journey from killing and vengeance to healing and friendship. It explores how, together, they have brought peace to their communities.

Second Prize - $300.00

No Capitulation
Richard Dailey (28m, Cameroon, France)
lives and works in Paris, France, and in Bandjoun, Cameroon. He is creating an art institute, Bandjoun Station, on family land in his ancestral village in Western Cameroon. Bandjoun Station is an artistically ambitious and politically audacious project that the artist has funded himself. On a high plateau in equatorial Cameroon, art history meets ancestor worship.

Third Prize - $200.00

Living with Slim: Kids Talk about HIV/AIDS
Sam Kauffmann (29m, Uganda, U S A)
In many African countries, HIV/AIDS is called "Slim." In this emotionally powerful film, seven African children, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old, talk about what it's like to be HIV positive. They discuss their lives, how they are treated, how they live with the illness and what their hopes are for the future.

The Audience Choice Award

Sisters of No Mercy
LukacRoegler (90m, Germany, USA )
Told through the eyes of Faith, Linda, Betty and Queen, 'Sisters of No Mercy' deals with the widely neglected fate of 50,000 Nigerian girls whose dream of a better future turned into a prostitution nightmare on the streets of Europe. Almost exclusively recruited from one small animist region in Nigeria most of these girls not only suffer from the terrible exploitation as sex slaves, but have to go through an occult "juju" ritual that inescapably ties them to their traffickers until they repay their individual debt of up to €60,000.