Pair to be feted June 19 for documentary efforts

The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival will honor Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky on June 19 at its Charles Guggenheim Symposium for their collective and individual contributions to the documentary genre.

The event will take place during the 10th edition of Silverdocs, running June 18-24 at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md., and surrounding venues.

Projects by Berlinger and Sinofsky include “Brother’s Keeper” and the “Paradise Lost” series, including this past year’s Oscar-nominated “Paradise Lose 3: Purgatory.” Berlinger is also behind 2012’s “Under African Skies,” focusing on Paul Simon and his 1986 “Graceland” album.

“Few filmmakers can compare to Berlinger and Sinofsky for their tenacious and unrelenting commitment to raw truth,” festival director Sky Sitney said. “They use the documentary form to tear away the veil of accepted social platitudes, providing a new point of entry into the world of vulnerable musical performers, those psychologically discriminated against and the wrongfully incarcerated. These are filmmakers who persistently utilize the power of the cinematic image until change is dramatically effected in the real world.”

Past Guggenheim honorees include Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles, Frederick Wiseman and, last year, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker.

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