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‘World,’ ‘Kuchu’ top dogs at Hot Docs

Special jury prize went to 'The Law in These Parts'

Fresh from its best docu win at Tribeca, Nisha Pahuja’s “The World Before Her” has nabbed Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs. The jury award comes with $10,000 cash and was one of 10 prizes handed out Friday evening at the annual festival’s awards ceremony.

“World,” which explores the role of young woman at two extremes of Indian society, was produced by Pahuja, Cornelia Principe and Ed Barreveld. Kinosmith has Canada rights; Cinetic is selling the pic in the U.S.

Malika Zouhali-Morrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s “Call Me Kuchu,” which world-preemed in Berlin where it won the Teddy for best docu, picked up the best international feature jury prize ($10,000). Docu examines the struggles of Ugandan gay activist David Kato.

The special jury prize for international feature went Raanan Alexandrowicz’s “The Law in These Parts.”

“Tchoupitoulas” co-directors Bill and Turner Ross and “Meanwhile in Mamelodi” helmer Benjamin Kahlmeyer shared the HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist award.

The special jury prize ($5,000) for Canadian feature went to Charles Wilkinson’s “Peace Out,” which examines an energy development project, while Ariel J. Nasr’s “The Boxing Girls of Kabul” won the inaugural Inspirit Foundation Pluralism prize ($10,000).

David Tucker’s “My Thai Bride” was named best mid-length docu ($3,000), with an honorable mention to Loghman Khaledi’s “Nessa.”

Best short doc ($3,000) went to Anna Mykyri’s “Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy,” with an honorable mentions to Dustin Guy Defa’s “Family Nightmare.”

Earlier in the day veteran filmmaker Michel Brault won the festival’s outstanding achievement award.

Previous announced prizes bestowed Friday night included the Don Haig Award ($20,000), recognizing a unique voice and talent, which went to Mia Donovan (last year’s “Inside Lara Roxx”); and the Lindalee Tracey Award ($5,000) was given to emerging filmmaker Jasmine Oore.

The Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival ends May 6, 2012.

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