3 docs about Sri Lanka, Philippines and Indonesia receives World Media Awards

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On May 8, three docs about Asia received 4 of the One World Media awards, which recognize the best British media coverage of the wider world. 

. Channel 4′s “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” picked up 2 of the One World Media awards. The ITN-produced documentary, an investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, received both the the television and documentary awards.

According to the two juries ”Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” is “a searing piece of rigorous and unflinching journalism and an extraordinary and powerful piece of television testimony that forensically analyzed a terrible atrocity and built a compelling case to be answered.”

The Channel 4 doc, which prompted calls from the UK Foreign Office for an independent investigation of alleged war crimes during the 2009 military operation in Sri Lanka, also won an RTS award in February.

. BBC2 picked up an award for “Toughest Place to be a Binman” in the the popular features category. The doc follows a London dustman who spent 10 days living and working in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The judges commended it for being accessible, original in its approach and having a wide appeal to a broad audience.

. The student award went to Zena Merton and Giselle Santos from the London College of Communication for their documentary “Bagong Silang”, about the lives of a community in the Philippines who have made a home out of a graveyard.

“We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary this year so it’s impressive to see that despite the pressures that media companies are under there is still cutting edge work being done in the best traditions of journalism and filmmaking,” said Marion Bowman, director of One World Media. “More than ever the public needs to know what’s going on in the rest of the world and our Awards are a way of encouraging and highlighting a diverse, high quality range of work.”


Television Award
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields – Channel 4

Popular Features Award
Toughest Place to be a Binman – BBC Two

Documentary Award
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields – Channel 4

Student Award
Bagong Silang – Zena Merton, London College of Communication

SOURCES: realscreen.com, journalism.co.uk, pressgazette.co.uk (9/05/12)


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