The Traverse City Film Festival, the Michigan-based fest founded by Michael Moore, has wrapped and given out prizes to 10 docs, including “The World Before Her”.
At the eight annual festival, which ran from July 31 to August 5, The Founders Prizes were handed out in three categories.
The best picture award went to “5 Broken Cameras”, from Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, the Kubrick prize went to “The Story of Film: An Odyssey” from Mark Cousins and Nisha Pahuja’s “The World Before Her”, which claimed awards at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, took the world jury grand prize for best foreign film.
In a statement, the judges said: “The filmmaker had amazing access to the subjects, clearly earning their trust and getting them to open up to her and therefore to us. The result is an intimacy that forces us to pay attention, no matter how shocking the images.”
World jury statement about Best Foreign Film: “The World Before Her” | Nisha Pahuja
“The World Jury Grand Prize is given to a film that deftly portrays the search for identity by women who live in a culture that is constantly suppressing them. The plight of women in Indian society is hardly unique in that women are treated as second class citizens or worse in many countries around the world. The women portrayed in this film are yearning to find a path to some kind of self-determination, but their choices are horrifying to the western eye, further underling the limited choices they have available to them. The filmmaker had amazing access to the subjects, clearly earning their trust and getting them to open up to her and therefore to us. The result is an intimacy that forces us to pay attention, no matter how shocking the images.”
Sources: Traverse City Film Festival, realscreen.com (07/08/2012)