We Call Them Intruders and Cameraperson top DOXA awards

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      Continuing its unofficial tradition of honouring activist cinema, this year's Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming was given to We Call Them Intruders at Saturday's (May 14) closing gala of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

      Hailed by the Georgia Straight's Tammy Kwan as "confrontational", the film chronicles Canada's involvement in unethical mining practices in Africa. Vancouver filmmakers Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp were there to receive the award. The Brad Leitch directed short "Reserve 107" was given an honourable mention.

      The night's biggest winner was also the film that closed the festival.

      Taking the Feature Documentary Award, Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson was described by jurors David Beers, Shaun Inouye and Barbara Chirinos as a "masterful, uniquely conceived documentary that provides both an insightful look at being a 'witness' and a slowly unfurling, affecting memoir of a mother and daughter.” The jury also gave an honourable mention to Claire Simon's Le Bois don't les rêves sont faits.

      Other prizes included:

      "50 Feet From Syria" (Skye Fitzgerald), Short Documentary (honourable mention, "La Laguna")

      The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Brett Story), the Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary (honourable mention: Migrant Dreams)

      The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Brett Story), The Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female Directed Film 

      "We Regret to Inform You..." (Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers), the EDA Award for Best Short Documentary