Renate Costa's doc wins top honors at Prague event

PRAGUE — “108: Cuchillo de Palo,” Renate Costa’s account of gay persecution in Paraguay, took top honors at Prague’s 13th One World Festival, Central Europe’s leading documentary fest focusing on human rights, on Thursday.

German/Iranian pic “The Green Wave,” by Ali Samadi Ahadi, scored the helmer kudo and the Vaclav Havel jury award for its chronicle of Tehran street protests.

Jerzy Sladkowski’s Swedish pic, “Vodka Factory,” examining alcohol-fueled domestic abuse in Russia, won the jury award.

Brit Jamie Doran’s documentary “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan” won the Right to Know award while Russian Valery Balayan’s “Love Me, Please” won a special mention in the same section.

Czech Radio Award went to local helmer Zdenek Brickovsky’s “In the Lands of Silence — Nikolai and Ludmila,” a lyrical story of two people living off the grid in Siberia.

Jan Tenhaven’s heartwarming docu on senior athletes in Finland, “Autumn Gold,” took the aud prize at the weeklong fest, which has grown into one of the main events for recognizing work that focuses on struggles of conscience around the world.

Fest, sponsored by the local People in Need non-profit, honored Kyrgyz political prisoner Azimjan Askarov for his work fighting for democracy at its opening ceremony March 8.

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