One World festival honors ‘Losers’

Film takes top prize at documentary gala

PRAGUE — Helmers Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken’s “Losers and Winners” took film honors at the One World documentary fest in Prague on Thursday.

Director kudos went to “Cemetery Club,” Tali Shemesh’s offbeat Israeli tale of struggling elders. Danish docu “Enemies of Happiness,” by helmer Eva Mulvad, scored a special jury prize for its account of an Afghan woman who refuses to be cowed.

The nine-year-old gala, started by Balkan War refugee Igor Blazevic, who landed in Prague and wanted to contribute to his new home, has grown steadily and takes over downtown theaters for a week in mid-winter with 120 pics from 40 countries.

Some 35,000 Czechs turned out this year for sections on Latin American social polemics, British docudrama, investigative work and, as with “Losers and Winners,” films on the effect of globalization on workers and immigration.

Jury included documakers Maria Ramos from Brazil, Nick Deocampo of the Philippines, Jens Schanze from Norway and Czech Miroslav Janek, whose “Vierka” scored a jury prize last year.

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