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Daniela Michel Awards the Best Documentary Prize at the Berlinale 2017

The Glashütte Original Prize for Best Documentary was awarded for the first time at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. During the prize ceremony the jury – which was made up of Daniela Michel, founder and director of FICM, filmmaker Laura Poitras and director, screenwriter and producer Samir – awarded the prize of Ghost Hunting, by Raed Andoni.

Before awarding the prize, American documentary filmmaker Laura Pointras, who won an Oscar for Citizenfour, stressed the importance of making and defending documentaries at this time: “The president of the United States yesterday called the press the enemy of the people. We documentarians are here to say we are the enemies of nationalism and exclusion.”

Raed Andoni´s Ghost Hunting brings together a group of ex-prisoners to recreate the Al-Moskobiya interrogation center in Israel, where the director was incarcerated during 18 years. A blacksmith, architect and assistant director give shape to their memories how they survived the center.

For more information about the Glashütte Original prize for Best Documentary visit the official website.