SFIAAFF Winners + Mark Tang

Monday, March 21, 2011

And extra nod to Twin Cities' filmmaker Mark Tang.

Best Film: The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, Dir. Zeina Durra
Jury Statement: "Great filmmaking has to be courageous. This film has a clever and engaging script and an inspired sense of humor. Depicting a slice of life of an artist, it takes us inside the world of eccentric artists in New York and reminds us of the freshness of Wayne Wang's Chan Is Missing."

Special Jury Prize: The Taqwacores, Dir. Eyad Zahra
Jury Statement: "It's an important thing for this film to be made because it shows the diversity of Islam that we don't see in popular media. With well-drawn characters that we care about, the film is engaging to a universal audience."

SFIAAFF 2011 Documentary Competition

This year's documentary jury included Anita Chang, an educator and award-winning documentary filmmaker; Jessie Mangaliman, a veteran journalist and local board member of the Asian American Journalists Association; and Alex Rivera, a digital-media artist and filmmaker.

Winner, Best Film: Made in India, Dirs. Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha
Jury Statement: "An unflinching and surprising look at a rapidly growing industry that puts women's bodies on a new global market."

Winner, Visual Achievement Award: Summer Pasture, Dirs. Lynn True and Nelson Walker
Jury Statement: "A lyrical treatment of an ancient living tradition - set against a harsh and breathtaking landscape – battling the forces of urbanization and the free market."

Winner, Award for Achievement in Citizen Journalism: Open Season, Dirs. Lu Lippold and Mark Tang
Jury Statement: "A nuanced approach to an urgent contemporary issue – that of refugee and migrant struggles to find a home and justice in 21st-century America."