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‘Maya Angelou,’ ‘Snails’ Win AFI Docs Audience Awards

Sundance 2016 Feature and Documentary Premieres
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” won the AFI Docs audience award for best feature, while “Snails” won the award for best short.

The five-day festival, which concluded on Sunday night, featured 93 films from 30 countries.

“Maya Angelou” was directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules and chronicles the life of Angelou, told in her own words.

“Snails,” directed by Grzegorz Szczepaniak, is a Polish film and profiles a group of best friends who become snail farmers.

The festival, held in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Md., opened on Wednesday with a screening of Alex Gibney’s “Zero Days,” about the ramifications of the use of a computer virus to disrupt Iran’s uranium enrichment program. It concluded with the screening of “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” with Lear appearing at a Q&A session at the Newseum. On Friday, Werner Herzog was honored at the festival’s annual Guggenheim Symposium.

Other screenings included Trisha Ziff’s documentary “The Man Who Saw Too Much,” about Enrique Metinides, a photojournalist whose lifework of images from crime scenes in Mexico City have become prized works in the art community. In the documentary, Ziff also spotlights contemporary photojournalists as they capture tragedies, showing the shifting nature of their work in light of the rise in crime related to the Mexican drug cartels.