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BRITDOC IMPACT AWARD Celebrating the documentary films that have made the greatest impact on society

November 20, 2014

Grantee News From BritDoc:

The #BRITDOC Impact Award celebrates the standout documentary films that are changing the world.
And the winners are…

Five exceptional films win the 2014 BRITDOC Impact Award, supported by Puma and Netflix.

The winners were announced on a billboard in the Nevada desert – on a road between LA and Vegas. Each film receives $15,000 to reward their extraordinary commitment, passion and achievements in using storytelling to provoke change. Now in its 4th year The BRITDOC Impact Award celebrates the standout stories that are changing the world.

The 2014 Winners Are:

American Promise, Dir. Michèle Stephenson & Joe Brewster; Blackfish, Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite;

Granito, Dir. Pamela Yates; The House I Live In, Dir. Eugene Jarecki; No Fire Zone, Dir. Callum Macrae.

We’re thrilled to be celebrating these five fantastic films, not only bringing great stories to communities but bringing about real world change. It doesn’t get better than this. JESS SEARCH, BRITDOC

The winning films and their champions:

American Promise, Dir. Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster
The 12-year journey of two African American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. A vital contribution in bridging the racial achievement gap in America. Quote to come from Questlove tbc

Blackfish, Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Blackfish is an expose of the controversial captivity of orcas, and its dangers for both humans and whales. From protests to petitions, the film provoked a huge backlash against SeaWorld known as the ‘Blackfish Effect’.
“Seeing the work that Blackfish has done by shining a light on the treatment of orcas in captivity gives me incredible faith for the part that documentaries can play in addressing social and environmental injustice in the future.” – Susan Sarandon

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, Dir. Pamela Yates
Telling the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, helped tip the scales of justice in Guatemala. In the conviction of a dictator Granito is a testament to the power of documentary film.
Quote to come from Javier Bardem tbc

The House I Live In, Dir. Eugene Jarecki
Exploring the human rights implications of the War on Drugs – the longest conflict in US history, and the least winnable. Could this be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’.
“The team continues to seek ways the film can help more fundamentally shift the national conversation away from seeing drug control as a criminal justice issue to seeing it as a matter of public health” – Danny Glover

No Fire Zone, Dir. Callum Macrae
The shocking proof of secret war crimes committed during the final bloody months of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Holding the Sri Lankan government accountable for human rights violations on an epic scale.
“This is the film that is leading the way and people have to support it and get behind it and spread the news.” – M.I.A

follow the story at #britdocimpact

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