Scandinavian documentaries picked up awards at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam this week. Danish director Andreas Koefoest won the Best mid-length documentary for At Home in the World, which follows a group of child refugees at a Danish Red Cross school. Will their parents’ applications for humanitarian visas be met with approval or rejection? And if they are allowed to stay, will they be able to find their feet in this new culture? These and other difficult questions are examined at intimate range as we follow the everyday lives of Magomed, Ali, Sehmuz, Heda, Amel and their teacher Dorte.
Danish director Nicole N. Horanyi won the Alliance of Women Film Journalists award for the Best Female-directed Documentary for Motleys Law, which follows defence attorney Kimberley Motley who came to Kabul for financial reasons but became increasingly interested in human rights cases.
An honourable mention was given to Victor Kossakovsky’s Varicella (Norway/Denmark/Sweden/Russia) for best Childrens Documentary.