Grand Jury Documentary

For the third time, we will present the Grand Jury Documentary Award in 2023. Eight documentaries will be selected from the festival’s full film programme. These are films where cinematography and content go hand in hand. An international jury will declare the winner of €5,000.

The Grand Jury Documentary Award is made possible by HUMAN.


Deep Rising

To power the green economy, a new frontier is found for extracting minerals: the deep sea. But mining the ocean floor may have enormous unforeseen consequences. And who really owns the deep sea anyway? With amazing, otherworldly images, and fantastically narrated by Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones).  ‘The future ...

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Dream’s Gate

Iranian Kurdish filmmaker Negin Ahmadi goes embedded with the all-female Kurdish militia YPJ, fighting ISIS in the Syrian civil war. A unique up-close perspective on the devastation of war and the courage and resilience of these women. And also asking a frightening question: is war addictive?  ‘Whenever I feel bad in l...

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The Hostage Takers

Journalist Sean Langan confronts two of the British IS members known as ‘The Beatles’. They were the brutal guards of many hostages, including the executed war correspondent James Foley, a close friend of Langan. Also with honest, emotional and nail-biting interviews with other first hand witnesses.  When English journ...

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The devastation that Israel’s militarized society causes on its youth. Told through diaries, letters and home movies, amongst other things, from young men and women who had to fulfill their military service. All the more gripping for its sober, unsentimental approach. A documentary that will leave you silent.  From ear...

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Iron Butterflies

Remarkable, impressionistic deep dive into the many facets comprising the downing of flight MH17. Creatively constructed, using everything from historical footage to time-lapsed satellite images, and from Russian state TV to dance performances. A fascinating experience, inviting the viewers to form their own picture of...

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Kleinkinderen van de Oost

Daan van Citters and Joenoes Polnaya retrace the footsteps of their grandfathers in Indonesia. They both fought for the Netherlands against Indonesian independence: Daan’s grandfather as a Dutch war volunteer, Joenoes’ as a Moluccan soldier. Their probing journey forces them to ask themselves some difficult questions a...

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Little Richard: I Am Everything

Like a quasar burning past the gaslight, director Lisa Cortés’ eye-opening documentary explodes the whitewashed canon of American pop music. Little Richard: I Am Everything shines a clarifying light on the Black, queer origins of rock ’n’ roll, and establishes the genre’s big bang: Richard Wayne Penniman. Testimonials ...

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Theatre of Violence

Sharp and flamboyant lawyer Krispus Ayena leading the way in a fascinating, complex examination of the essence of justice. Ayena defends Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court. Ongwen is a former commander in Joseph Kony's Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army. But Ongwen was himself kidnapped and brainwashed ...

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