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‘Kini’ nabs Bermuda honor

'Chimney,' 'Nia' receive nods at Int'l Film fete

The second annual Bermuda Intl. Film Festival (May 1-7) awarded the jury prize for best film to Burkino Faso-born director Idrissa Ouedraogo for “Kini and Adams.”

Ouedraogo’s film, about the enriching but often tenuous nature of friendship, was chosen by an international panel of jurors chaired by filmmaker Arthur Rankin and including filmmakers Macky Alston and Paul Hills, along with industry vets Larry Auerbach and Lewis Korman.

A special jury selection for outstanding documentary went to “Green Chimney,” a film about three abandoned and abused boys given new lives at the Green Chimneys residential care facility in Brewster, N.Y. Constance Marks and Bob Eisenhardt directed.

“Mixing Nia,” the feature directorial debut of Bermudan filmmaker Alison Swan, took the Entertainment Weekly Audience Choice Award based on balloting by the audience at the week-long festival. Pic tells the story of a biracial woman struggling to find her own identity. The romantic comedy, which recently won the grand prize at the Houston Film Festival, features Karyn Parsons, Eric Thal, Isaiah Washington, Diego Serrano and Rosalyn Coleman.