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The winners of CPH:DOX 2018

The documentary festival CPH:DOX has come to an end, and the winners have been announced.

The top prize, the DOX:AWARD, went to the Swedish documentary The Raft, which is directed by Marcus Lindeen. The film is about a social experiment in 1973, when 11 people were put together on a raft for three months. They had to sail the Atlantic Ocean and their behaviour was studied by a radical Mexican anthropologist.

Lindeen used archive footage, reconstructed the raft, and reunite the participants in a studio to look back on their experiences.

The jury said the film is “a unique record of time and culture, of aging and ultimately, a monument to the courage of people formerly known as the weaker sex, who embark on a journey into the unknown. We cannot imagine a better metaphor for what it is we’re all trying to do everyday in the documentary field.”

The NORDIC:DOX award went to the Danish/Greenlandic film Lykkelænder by Lasse Lau. The film reflects on the relationship between the two countries. The jury said the film “reflects upon historical imbalance with charm and playful questioning of those relationships in the present.”

The NEXT:WAVE prize went to Beautiful Things by Giorgio Ferrero & Federico Biasin from Italy. The NEW:VISION Award went to Wild Relatives by Jumana Manna, which the jury said had “optimism, empathy, and agility in engaging with the present.”

The F:ACT Award went to Elizabeth Sylvia Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei’s Laila At The Bridge, about a woman in Kabul fighting the Afghan heroin mafia.

The Politiken Audience Award went to Katrine Philp’s False Confessions (Den-Ger), about a Danish lawyer trying to prevent false confessions in the US legal system.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.