With her extremely well-known Armenian animated movie Aurora’s Sunrise, Inna Sahakyan had the ability to protect the top Jury Award for finest documentary at the MiradasDo cFestival The Armenian, German, and Lithuanian co-production, directed by Sahakyan, is based upon the real story of Aurora, a survivor of the 1915 Armenian Genocide who lost her household, left enslavement, and consequently needed to handle Hollywood’s callous promotion after she ends up being the face of a huge humanitarian project. Meanwhile, a corrupt political conspiracy attempts to silence her.

The celebration’s jury, which was comprised of Hicham Falah, Jane Mote, and Ricardo Acosta, revealed Aurora’s Sunrise as the winner of the Best International Feature Award and explained it as:

“a convincing story elegantly told, through archives, animation, and fiction, about a little-known genocide that sheds light and awareness on today’s political tensions and challenges.”

In 2022, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival hosted the premiere release ofAurora’s Sunrise The movie, which is Armenia’s submission to the Oscars, has actually gotten a crucial score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and was explained by critics as a vital tool to offer presence to the Armenian Genocide.

Films From Underrepresented Communities Take Over MiradasDo c 2023

Fragments From Heaven

The 16th edition of the movie celebration, which happens in Gu ía de Isora in the Canary Islands of Spain, included movies and documentaries from around the world, with numerous awards gotten by stories of underrepresented neighborhoods in movie theater, consisting of movies from nations like Armenia, Morocco, and Cuba.

The Best First Feature award went to Fragments from Heaven, a Moroccan documentary byAdnane Baraka The documentary represents a wanderer and a researcher taking a trip the Moroccan desert looking for meteorites. The jury members Alejandro Salgado, Mariana Barassi, and Yvette de Los Santos applauded the movie’s “courage to take on a project that speaks of the past, present, and future in a spiritual timelessness in which religion and science are part of a whole.”

Nacho A. Villar and Luis Rojo’s La Mala Familia won the reward forBest Spanish Film The documentary follows a group of pals’ reunion after one gets launched from prison. According to the jury, the documentary developed “a collective portrait of current masculine fragility, showing a defiant youth through different narratives in an unprejudiced and dynamic way.”

Another Spanish documentary, Inshallah by Paula Bilbao, illustrates the journey of migrants who left Africa and were held for months at the Las Races refugee camp in Tenerife, theCanary Islands The documentary won the Audience Award.

This year, the MiradasDo c Market hosted its very first in-person edition after being an online-only occasion for the previous 2 years.

The director of MiradasDo c Market, Valentin Romero, discussed that stating:

“We are very satisfied with this year’s in-person edition because in the end we had a large number of decision makers attending. We held more than 300 industry meetings in two days, with media that had not been with us until now, such as BBC Storyville and The New York Times with Op-Docs. They were keen to find projects that tap the special connection we have here in the Canary Islands with Africa and with Latin America.”

Find the winners list of the 2023 MiradasDo c movie celebration below.

Best International Feature Award

Aurora’s Sunrise by Inna Sahakyan

Best International Feature, Special Mention

Where Do You Go With Your Dreams? By Kasper Kiertzner

Best First Feature

Fragments from Heaven by Adnane Baraka

Best Short Film

Camino de Lava by Gretel Marin

Best Spanish Film

La mala familia by Nacho A. Villar and Luis Rojo

Best Spanish Film, Special Mention

Hafreiat by Alex Sard à

Audience Award

Inshallah by Paula Bilbao