Nima Sarvestani’s NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS wins the 13th WATCH DOCS

12-12-2013

The main award of the 13th International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film was given to the Iranian documentarian Nima Sarvestani for his No Burqas Behind Bars, which was shot in Afghanistan.



In the justification of the verdict, the jury of the 13th International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film, consisting of: Fernand Melgar, Veton Nurkollari, Maria Ramos, Shadi Sadr and Tadeusz Sobolewski, wrote that Sarvestani’s film is “a sincere and moving portrayal of a group of women that rebels against the inhuman rules which have imprisoned them.  Using an accurate observational style, the film takes us into the inner and outer world of these women reveling them personal  dramas and the paradox they face: finding safety in prison”.

In addition the jury of the 13th WATCH DOCS has given two special mentions to: God Loves Uganda directed by Roger Ross Williams for his intelligent and brave portrayal of a fundamentalist campaign which threatens a young democracy; and State Builders by Anne Poiret and Florence Martin – Kessler who followed a birth of a young nation, reveling not only the familiar difficulties and dilemmas, but also the hopes and the determination of the new citizens of South Sudan.