The 18th Camden International Film Festival on Maine’s mid-coast – an more and more essential vacation spot for documentary filmmakers – wrapped its in-person portion Sunday after saying a handful of awards.

Day After…, directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon, received the pageant’s Harrell Award, chosen from a bunch of “a few of the most vital documentaries of the 12 months.” The movie is described as “A philosophical ballad alongside the rivers of Bangladesh, transporting the wealthy and poor, younger and outdated, East and West in a century-old paddle steamer.”

“The jury was unanimous in its admiration for this movie, through which an outdated riverboat appears to include a whole society’s price of dreamers and hustlers, politicians and radicals,” juror Eric Hynes mentioned, noting that the documentary employs “each hybrid methods and dogged observational energy. This is a stunning work of nonfiction.”

A still from the documentary 'Polaris'

‘Polaris,’ directed by Ainara Vera
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The jury awarded a particular point out to Polaris, one other movie with a nautical theme. Juror Assia Boundaoui described it as “a superbly shot movie that strikes gracefully from the huge expanse of the Arctic Ocean to a glimpse into the innermost lifetime of a lady bravely charting troubled waters. Director Ainara Vera wields her digicam lovingly and weaves a transferring and intimate portrait of a captain scuffling with love.”

Another particular point out was awarded to Foragers, directed by Jumana Manna, a movie documenting “aged Palestinians… caught between the precise to forage their very own land and the cruel restrictions imposed by their occupiers on the premise of preservation.”

Juror Jessica Kingdon (an Oscar nominee earlier this 12 months for her function documentary Ascension) described Foragers as a “surprisingly whimsical portrait of a individuals and their tumultuous relationship with land and state. We liked the artistic use of reenactments and archival footage.”

A still photo from the documentary 'Detours'

‘Detours,’ directed by Ekaterina Selenkina
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CIFF additionally introduced awards in its Cinematic Vision class. The prime prize there went to Detours, a movie set in Moscow directed by Ekaterina Selenkina.

“This movie moved us for its eloquence in type and scope, in addition to its insightful, partaking mixing of movie materiality, the digital and bodily mixing in the identical approach as they do within the lives depicted right here,” mentioned the jury, comprised of Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa, and Abby Sun. “It concurrently challenges each the audiences’ expectations of type, in addition to that of the surveillance state below which it’s filmed.”

The jury gave an honorable point out to Terranova, directed by Alejandro Alonso and Alejandro Pérez, a movie described within the CIFF program as “a sensorial journey by means of the dream-like photos and sounds of Havana, Cuba.”

A particular point out went to H, directed by Carlos Pardo Ros, which the jurors referred to as “a movie that creates an expertise out of reminiscence, transcending the fabric to evoke mortality and the space or proximity amongst us. A cinema of danger, of utmost braveness and exploration.”

A man on the banks of the Mobile River from 'Descendant'

‘Descendant,’ directed by Margaret Brown

Out of competitors, the pageant screened numerous award-winning movies, together with the Netflix documentary Descendant, directed by Margaret Brown; National Geographic’s The Territory, a movie directed by Alex Pritz on an Indigenous tribe in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest that’s trying to maintain landgrabbers at bay, and All That Breathes, from HBO Documentary Films, Shaunak Sen’s function that received the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance and the highest documentary prize at Cannes.

Fresh from its world premiere in Venice, Steve James’s A Compassionate Spy screened at Camden. On Her Shoulders got here from its world premiere at TIFF to CIFF; the movie directed by Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen, and govt produced by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, paperwork Zarifa Ghafari, who in her mid-20s grew to become “one in every of Afghanistan’s first feminine mayors, and the youngest to ever maintain the place.”

CIFF continues as a digital expertise by means of September 25.

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