Magazine article Screen International

Open City Documentary Festival 2017 Winners Announced

Magazine article Screen International

Open City Documentary Festival 2017 Winners Announced

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Purge This Land and Taste Of Cement win top prizes.

‘Taste Of Cement’

London’s Open City Documentary Festival has announced the winners for its 2017 edition (5-10 Sept).

Lee Anne Schmitt’s Purge This Land, which received its UK premiere at the festival, won the grand jury award. The film tells the story of John Brown, a white militant abolitionist who was executed in 1859.

The film had its world premiere at CPH:DOX in March.

The jury comprised Chair Veton Nurkollari (artistic director, DokuFest, Prizren, Kosova), Stella Bruzzi (film critic and dean of the faculty of arts and humanities, UCL), Mania Akbari (filmmaker), Marc Schmidt (filmmaker) and Bec Evans (film and video developer, Dazed).

The grand jury said: “This film is brave in tackling a subject so relevant and poignant. …

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