You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘October Country’ wins at Silverdocs

'White African' wins world feature award 'Country' time at Silverdocs

“October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival.

Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries.

“October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping with poverty, teen pregnancy, foster care, child molestation and war.

The world feature award went to “Mugabe and the White African,” directed by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson, which documents Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s land-seizure program.

Short film trophy went to “12 Notes Down,” directed by Andreas Koefoed, which documents a 14-year-old star choir performer after his voice starts changing.

Special jury mention went to “Salt,” directed by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks, which chronicles photographer Murray Frederick’s journey into the remote salt flats in South Australia.

The music documentary nod went to “Riseup,” directed by Luciano Blotta. The film chronicles three Jamaican musicians as they fight for a place in the overcrowded reggae field.

The Cinematic Vision Award went to “Old Partner,” directed by Lee Chung-ryoul. It follows the relationship between an old farmer in a remote Korean village and his 40-year-old ox. The Witness award went to Landon Van Soest, which examines two multimillion-dollar international aid projects in Africa that may actually be undermining the very communities they seek to help.

The Animal Content in Entertainment grant went to “Cinema Chimp,” by David Grabias.

The Writers Guild of America named writer-directors Nicole Opper and Avery Klein-Cloud as the winners of the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award for their film “Off and Running,” a story focused on an accomplished African-American teenager adopted by Jewish lesbians.

More Film

  • London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart

    London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart Takes 2018 Sabbatical

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

  • Directors Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi Booked

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Gianfranco Rosi Booked for Qumra

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

  • Berlinale's Panorama Looks at Body Politics

    Berlinale 2018: Panorama Section Focuses on ‘Body Politics’ and ‘Resistance to Machismo’

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

  • ‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia's 6th Macondo

    ‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia's 6th Macondo Awards

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

  • Madrid’s ECAM Pacts With Torino, Rotterdam

    ECAM Pacts with Torino, Rotterdam on First Incubator Projects

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

  • Andrew DuncanMomentum Pictures with The Cinema

    'Florida Project' Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

  • 'Antiporno' Review

    Film Review: 'Antiporno'

    “October Country” has won the grand jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Winners were announced Saturday at the culmination of the weeklong festival in Silver Spring, Md. Fest screened 122 films from 58 countries. “October Country,” directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, documents the multigenerational story of a working-class family coping […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content