Magazine article Screen International

5 Broken Cameras Takes Top Prize at Cinema Eye Awards

Magazine article Screen International

5 Broken Cameras Takes Top Prize at Cinema Eye Awards

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Detropia wins two prizes at the New York ceremony; Bully wins audience award.

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's 5 Broken Cameras, a personal portrait years of turmoil in a Palestinian village, won the Outstanding Feature prize at the sixth-annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking in New York on Wednesday night.

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Detropia won two awards: Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Original Score for Dial.81."Tonight, we're here to honor The War Room," said Michael Moore upon presenting the film with the Legacy Award. "No Presidential candidate since, winner or loser, has allowed a documentary filmmaker inside. The War Room really stands as the seminal film and perhaps the last of its kind, reaching outside the documentary audience to new viewers.""When you have a film that's honored like this after 20 years, it's like a grandfather who's suddenly sobered up and you can talk to him," said D A Pennebaker of the 1983 film. "You sort of forget when you were doing it, nobody wanted it. We were saved by people who just appeared as if by magic," speaking of the film's producers Wendy Ettinger and son Frazer Pennebaker, as well as the film's distributor, the late Bingham Ray.Lee Hirsch's Bully received the Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize after a frenzied final 48 hours of voting that saw more than 4,500 cast votes online and via twitter. "This is a great honor for us. A few years ago, we were really struggling with our film, and we came here, and you gave us a lot of strength," said Hirsch. "This film has had a really tremendous outreach campaign. …

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