2014 Humanitarian Award Nominees

Accolade Competition Humanitarian

Alfre WoodardSoft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa – Abby Ginzberg (USA) – From executive producer Alfre Woodard comes a powerful documentary about a little known man who helped shape a nation. Set in dramatic events leading to the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa this film powerfully follows freedom fighter Albie Sachs with passion and powerful experiences of commitment, justice and forgiveness. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/70589131


First to FallFirst to Fall – Rachel Anderson (USA) – An intimate tale of friendship and revolution, this coming of age story documents the journey of two young friends, Hamid (26) and Tarek (21), who abandon their peaceful lives as students in Canada to join an unconventional war in their homeland of Libya. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/43881240



Yasaf SaidThe Price of Honor, Xoel Pamos (USA) – A meticulously researched film about the murders of Amina and Sarah Said, who were killed by their own father in a premeditated “honor killing” in Texas. The film follows the lives and death of the sisters while launching a movement to bring Yaser Said to justice, expose law enforcement’s mismanagement of the case and spread awareness of the shocking issue of honor violence. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htEjUeXIdyQ


Red Lines Documentary SyriaSpark Media (USA), Red Lines, A searing exposé of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, Red Lines follows two unlikely 20-something activists who launch a radical plan for democracy when the international community wouldn’t step up to help the citizens besieged by the brutal Assad regime. Under threat of death, Razan and Mouaz amazingly navigate a minefield armed only with the Internet and the help of heroic “everyday” people. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/108243566


Fracking documentaryDeia Schlosberg (USA), Backyard, Documentary Short – “Backyard” is a documentary film about fracking and its effects on five people’s lives. Following stories in Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Dakota and Montana, an eerie similarity emerges amongst them, despite the vast differences in geography and personal histories. Animated interludes remind us to step back and consider the bigger picture. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/41559045


PBS Consider the ConversationBurning Hay Wagon Productions (USA), Consider the Conversation 2, Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort, Documentary Short, Use of Film / Video for Social Change, Viewer Impact: Content/Message Delivery, Editing, Direction, Health / Medicine / Science (USA), Consider the Conversation 2, Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort – Twenty-one months in the making, Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort explores the effect of American medicine’s success on the patient/doctor relationship and sheds light on the important role communication plays in helping both patient and doctor navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/79616648


Beauty and the breastLiliana Komorowska (Canada), Beauty and the Breast – A compelling insight into a devastating reality of breast cancer, as seen through the eyes of several female patients helping demystify the disease while painting poignant and often humorous intimate portraits of survival. The film depicts the process of learning and accepting the terrifying verdict, and details the complexities of every stage of this disease. It is a testament to human resilience and blossoming in the face of adversity. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWGqxfOb5ZU


The vow documentaryThe Vow, Cameron Zohoori (USA), A documentary on the journey of Riqie Wainaina, a young Kenyan immigrant, as he attempts to move from a dark history of crime and loss to a position of leadership and in his adopted community of Lowell, Massachusetts. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NukxcefmaHo



Humanitarian AwardCotton Dreams, Sandeep Rampal Balhara (Poland) – The side effects of a growing economy and extensive use of biotechnology pushed Indian farmers into the world’s greatest agrarian crisis. “Cotton Dreams” delves into life of one such family and brings out a tragic tale of love, life and sacrifice under extreme living conditions in rural India. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/105936613


Humanitarian AwardUnter Menschen, DENKmal-Film (Germany) – In Austria is a place that where moral challenges of our civilization collide: guilt, responsibility and redemption. In an old safari park, sealed off from the world live forty chimpanzees formerly used in pharmaceutical experiments and infected with HIV and hepatitis. Traumatized and aggressive they hate humans and have every reason to. They live with four caretakers, two were their jailers at the lab. Today they manage the unique rehabilitation project, to get them out of their lifelong isolation. ‘The chimpanzees show us what it means to be human’ Jane Goodall. Trailer: http://www.unter-menschen.de/UM_trailer.html

Humanitarian AwardDingo: Wild Dog at War, Essential Media & Entertainment (Australia) – The Australian bush is at war… Dave Graham hunts for solutions to the dilemma surrounding Australia’s native canine the Dingo. Dingoes are responsible for livestock losses and farmers have retaliated with culling. It’s a battle for survival, and it’s escalating. New research shows the Dingo plays a pivotal role in protecting ecosystems. Sadly, the Dingo is on the brink of extinction. Stunning photography and passionate stakeholders, Dingo attempts to untangle one of the most complex and emotional debates in Australia. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5fW5709CQw

Humanitarian AwardBeautiful Faces, Say Yes Quickly Productions (Mexico), A compelling film about a Mexico City hospital where young lives are transformed. An intimate portrait of a remarkable clinic, the disfigured young patients to whom it offers new lives, and the team medical professionals who believe it’s the best place in the world to practice their unique, life-transforming craft. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4iiVUm8Ig8


Humanitarian AwardChew on This: Dangers of the American Diet Exposed, Gary Null & Associates (USA) – The American Diet plays a major role in the current epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. As the health crisis reaches disastrous proportions, it is clear the harmful consequences of food choices extends beyond chronic disease. The methods of today’s food have profound implications on the health of the planet. Unsound agricultural practices, inhumane factory farming and genetic engineering are pushing us to the brink of environmental calamity. Trailer: http://www.productionhub.com/video/20320/chew-on-this-dangers-of-the-american-diet-exposed

Humanitarian AwardGAIA, Nick Graalman and Erin Fowler (Australia) – Beautiful and extremely creative cinematography and dance, Gaia tells a compelling story  about Mother Earth’s struggle for survival in an increasingly degraded and urbanized planet. Using only music, dance and exceptional filmmaking this short film packs a big impact. Trailer: http://www.gaiadancefilm.com/


Humanitarian AwardGarwin, W&B Productions & Trilok Fusion Media (USA) – A rich and controversial story of Richard Gerwin – the scientist who helped design the first hydrogen bomb, and has since spent much of his career working to make sure such weapons would never be needed. He has advised every president from Eisenhower to Obama. Follow Dr.Garwin on his quest to build a more peaceful, verdant and sustainable world. From global warming, nuclear proliferation and disarmament to the energy crisis, he is committed to finding solutions. Trailer: http://www.garwinthemovie.com/

Humanitarian AwardA Different Kind of Farm, Caroline Harding Productions (USA) – The quest to save the seahorse and sea life shedding light on the complexity of the “farm-raised” versus “wild-caught” issue so prevalent today. Global demand for reef tanks is increasing exponentially. The producers’ goal is to bring awareness to this issue so that solutions can be found. Trailer: http://www.adifferentkindoffarm.com/


Humanitarian AwardThe Lenape of the Wapahani River, Ball State University (USA) – The Lenape on the Wapahani River brings to life the overlooked story of the Lenape Native Americans during their time in east central Indiana from the 1790s through 1821. The story tells of the Lenape people and their impact on east central Indiana Originally from the coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware, the Lenape moved westward as settlers expanded across the eastern seaboard. By the end of the American Revolutionary War, they lived along the White River in what is now Indiana. Trailer: http://www.lenapeonthewapahani.org/