Molly Stuart's Objector wins at AJB DOC
- Other winners at the Sarajevo-based TV documentary festival include Caught in the Net by Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová, Neighbours by Nerminka Erić, and Dino Mustafić's Transforming Tomorrow
The third edition of AJB DOC, a Sarajevo-based festival dedicated to TV documentaries and organised by Al Jazeera Balkans, wrapped last night with Molly Stuart's Objector (USA) winning the Main Award. The film tells the story of a 19-year-old Jewish girl who refuses to do her military service, bravely opposing the Israeli ideology and system.
A Special Mention went to Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová's Caught in the Net [+see also:
film profile] (Czech Republic/Slovakia), which world-premiered at Prague One World and reveals how online child abuse has become a widespread threat.
In the AJB Screening Selection, the Best Film Award went to Bosnian filmmaker Nerminka Erić's short Neighbours, about the inhabitants of eastern Bosnia and western Serbia who, three decades after their own war, which resulted in thousands of dead and displaced people, are witnessing a new wave of refugees from the Middle East.
The Al Jazeera Balkans Programme Jury Award, decided on by the members of the TV company’s Program department, was given to Transforming Tomorrow [+see also:
film profile] by acclaimed Bosnian theatre and film director Dino Mustafić. The 48-minute film documents the shocking story of the operations of the multinational company ArcelorMittal Steel in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The limited, hybrid version of the festival also included a training workshop entitled "Mobile Phone Documentary Filmmaking", which was led by prominent Tunisian journalist and TV producer Adnen Chaouachi. This training session, designed to give film-academy students, young journalists and producers an overview of the different ways in which they can engage with content while making a documentary using a mobile phone, was conducted online. Twenty participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Israel now have one month to develop their ideas for a mobile-phone documentary, after which Chaouachi and the Al Jazeera Balkans team will select the best idea for implementation and award the winner with a prize of €1,500, a Samsung Note 20 Ultra smartphone and mentoring support during the recording process. The resulting film will be screened at the next edition of AJB DOC.
Here is the full list of award winners at AJB DOC:
AJB Screening Selection Award
Neighbours - Nerminka Erić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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