The Last Shelter wins top prize at CPH:DOX

Our Memory Belongs to Us also praised

by Amber Wilkinson

The Last Shelter
The Last Shelter
Ousmane Samassekou’s The Last Shelter has won the top prize at CPH:DOX - Copenhagen's documentary film festival, which was mainly online but which will host physical screenings in Denmark when cinemas reopen on May 6.

The film considers people passing through the House of Migrants in Gao, some leaving Africa and some returning. The jury described it as "a profound film which transports us to a vast landscape of questioning".

Our Memory Belongs To Us, co-directed by Rami Farah and Signe Byrge Sørense and which sees exiled Syrian journalists looking back at the start of the conflict, received a special mention.

Hong Kong protest documentary When A City Rises - collectively directed by Cathy Chu, Evie Cheung, Iris Kwong, Huang Yuk-kwok, Ip Kar Man, Han Yan Yuen and Jen Lee - won the F:act Award, with the jury saying it had "the narrative tension of an action adventure film".

The full list of winners is below:

Dox:Award - The Last Shelter, Dir: Ousmane Samassekou

Special Mention - Our Memory Belongs To Us, Dir: Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen

F:act Award - When A City Rises, Dir: Han Yan Yuen, Cathy Chu, Iris Kwong, Ip Kar Man, Huang Yuk-kwok, Jenn Lee, Evie Cheung

Special Mention - All Light, Everywhere, Dir: Theo Anthony

Nordic:Dox Award - Julia&I, Dir: Nina Hobert

Special Mention - He’s My Brother, Dir: Cille Hannibal / co-dir. Christine Hanberg

New:Vision Award - All Of Your Stars Are But Dust On My Shoes, Dir: Haig Aivazian

Special Mention - Listen To The Beats Of Our Images, Dir: Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Audrey Jean-Baptiste

Next:Wave Award - You And I (Indo), Dir: Fanny Chotimah

Special Mention - Holgut, Dir: Liesbeth de Ceulaer

Politiken Danish:Dox Award - Dark Blossomm, Dir: Frigge Fri

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award - Tata/Father, Dir: Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi

DR Talent Award - Artist Manager, Dir: Kirstine Holmen

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