Prizewinners

2006 CDS Filmmaker Award: Zach Niles and Banker White "The Refugee All Stars"

Sunday, April 2, 2006

California-based filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White were chosen to receive the 2006 CDS Filmmaker Award for their feature-length documentary The Refugee All Stars, the story of six Sierra Leonean musicians who form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. Filmed in a climate of fear pervading the West African refugee camps on the Guinea–Sierra Leone border, the documentary—a...

2005 CDS Filmmaker Award: Susan Stern "The Self-Made Man"

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Susan Stern, a former investigative reporter and a poet, has been selected to receive the 2005 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award for her film The Self-Made Man, a family drama about her father’s quirky, creative life and the difficult end-of-life choices faced by an aging population. On Independence Day 2001, 77-year-old Bob Stern, a “self-made” businessman and solar energy...

2004 CDS Filmmaker Award: Jehane Noujaim "Control Room"

Friday, April 2, 2004

Control Room, a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial Arab news network Al-Jazeera in the early days of the U.S. invasion of Iraq last year, has received the 2004 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award. With exclusive access to Al-Jazeera, American journalists, and the players at U.S. Central Command, director Jehane Noujaim takes an insider’s journey into the business of a media-...

2003 CDS Filmmaker Award: Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras "Flag Wars"

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Filmmakers Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras received the 2003 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award for Flag Wars, their poignant documentary on neighborhood gentrification that pits two historically oppressed groups against each other. Shot over four years in Columbus, Ohio, the film unfolds as a narrative drama with multiple storylines. Black residents, working class or poor and...

2002 CDS Filmmaker Award: Whitney Dow and Marco Williams "Two Towns of Jasper"

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Whitney Dow and Marco Williams received the 2002 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award for their feature-length documentary Two Towns of Jasper, a film about the racially motivated murder of James Byrd Jr. in Texas in 1998. Two Towns of Jasper tracks community reactions—in a town of fewer than 8,000 residents—to the events of June 7, 1998, when James Byrd, an African American, was...

2001 CDS Filmmaker Award: Heddy Honigmann "Crazy"

Monday, April 2, 2001

Heddy Honigmann's Crazy — a film about the haunting experiences of Dutch U.N. peacekeepers, woven together by the powerful influence music has had on their endurance, survival, and memories of war — is the winner of the first Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award. "In Crazy, Heddy Honigmann reminds us that war, however short, never ends," says Tom Rankin, CDS director. "While focusing...

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