32nd International Radio and Television Union's Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary

June 12, 2013 | By FRENCH CULTURE FILM
"The forgotten Spain" directed by Carles Caparrós

The award-winning list of the 32nd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary - ARMAN Trophy - was announced during a ceremony in Monte-Carlo on Monday, June 10 2013, in the framework of the 53rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Created in 1949, URTI (International Radio and Television Union) is the oldest audiovisual organization with a totally global perspective. This professional Union organizes television and radio programme exchanges, the first international audiovisual Grand Prix, coproductions, training workshops and actions for the promotion of world audiovisual creation.URTI reinforced its place as leader in international audiovisual grand prix by setting a new participation record with 83 countries represented by 317 documentaries in competition.

Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour succeeded to French director Claude Lelouch for the honorary presidency of the final Jury made up of managers from public televisions from seventeen countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Arab World.


Grand Prix – ARMAN Trophy

The Forgotten Spain
Directed by Carles Caparrós – TVE – 58’

They are called “mad” or “possessed”, rejected by the village community, prisoners of a tree trunk in an open place or chained to a tree. Grégoire Ahongbonon decided once and for all to break the chains of the mentally ill through several African countries. Strong images, with a symbolical meaning for these ill people prisoners of their pathology and above all of the irons of tradition.


Silver Medal

Last Dmiles, Gentle Partings
Directed by Kotaro KoikeJapan – NHK – 49’

Refined storytelling, full of tact and sensitivity, made up of lived memories andof
Ruiko’s drawings, a specialised encoffiner who gave back their smiles to more
than 300 victims of the tsunami in March 2011. Ruiko thus made it possible to the
families to live out their mourning in a dignified and humane way beyond this
tragic destiny.


Bronze Medal

Mr. and Mrs. Zhang
Directed by Fanny Tondre & Olivier Jobar - France - CNC - 52'

10 years of fruitless underground life in France for this sexagenarian Chinese couple who eventually resign themselves to go back to their native China. “Come empty-handed to go back empty-handed”. Torn between the will to do it all over again and the emergency to find (again) a place in a Chinese economy in full bloom. The fear to loose face in the view of countrymen and the hope to eventually reach a form of well-being so much searched for. A film with incredibly humane notes with reflections of the swing towards globalization.


Martine Filippi Award for Discovery

The Cry
Directed by Khadija Al-Salami- Yémen - Yemen TV - 83'

This film throws light on the courage of Yemeni women during the recent movement in favour of the democratization of the country. These women stood out by playing a key role, determined and energetic, going as far as smashing certain taboos dictated by a well established tradition which denies women their voices and relegates them behind their full-length veils.

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