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First Cousin Once Removed and Searching for Sugar Man among the IDFA winners


The 2012 IDFA winners of the festival’s various competition programs were announced this weekend at the awards ceremony of the 25th IDFA. First Cousin Once Removed by Alan Berliner won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary.

First Cousin Once Removed by Alan Berliner

Alan Berliner picked up the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary for First Cousin Once Removed (USA), a portrait of his uncle during the latter stages of his life, which were marked by Alzheimer’s disease. According to the jury, Alan Berliner employs intelligence, inventiveness and a poetic sensibility to create a film that uses the onset on Alzheimer's to make a beautiful, moving and artistic statement about the intersection of personal history and memory. 

Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon received the NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for Red Wedding (Cambodia / France): the poignant story of Cambodian Sochan Pen, who as a sixteen-year-old was forced to marry a soldier of the Khmer Rouge.

The IDFA Audience Award went to Searching for Sugar Man (Sweden / UK) by Malik Bendjelloul, who also received the IDFA Award for Best Music Documentary.

The IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling went to Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère for Alma, a Tale of Violence (France). This interactive tablet documentary graphically tells the story of former gangster Alma.

The IDFA Award for First Appearance was presented to Esther Hertog for Soldier on the Roof (The Netherlands), a film providing insight into everyday lives in the Jewish enclave in Hebron, where 800 colonists live among their 120,000 Palestian neighbours. Esther Hertog also won the Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary.

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