Annual €50,000 award honours the documentary that has made the most significant positive social or environmental impact.
Julia Bacha’s Budrus has been announced as the winner of this year’s Puma Creative Impact Award, which honours the documentary that has made the most significant positive social or environmental impact.
Bacha’s film receives the annual €50,000 award and tells the story of a successful non-violent protest in the West Bank. It was described by juror Jemima Khan as “a heart-warming David and Goliath tale”. “The film put Budrus on the map and in the mainstream media so that what happened there can never be forgotten and can continue to inspire peacemakers on all sides.”
Hollywood actors and activists Danny Glover and Djimon Hounsou, director Mira Nair and executive director of Greenpeace International Kumi Naidoo were also on the jury with Khan.
Josh Fox’s Gasland, which follows the director on a 24-state tour of communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling, received a Jury Commendation for “its high-impact results which they felt will inspire a generation of filmmakers to talk truth to power”.
The Puma Creative Impact Award is one of several awards and programmes made possible through a partnership between Puma Creative and The Brtidoc Foundation.