Council rewards the Rights stuff
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties announced the winners for its Sixth Annual Human Rights Film Awards at a gala screening in the Light House last night. The Grand Prize went to Niamh Heery’s Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom, a documentary concerning the daily lives of Syrian refugees in a Bulgarian refugee camp. Set up in a disused military base on the border with Turkey, Harmanli has housed hundreds of Syrians displaced after the recent violent disturbances.
Second prize went the way of Nacho Gil’s A Thin Line, which goes among homeless people on the streets of Valencia. Virginia Manchado’s Modou Modou, which follows an African immigrant working in London as a market labourer, grabbed the third prize. The starry jury included Lenny Abrahamson, Conor McPherson,
Cleopatra Stephen Rea and Brenda Fricker.
The ICCL Human Rights Film Awards is Ireland’s only human-rights themed short film competition. Founded in 2008, it seeks to encourage work by the most promising up-and-coming film-makers.
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