The films are: Doug Pray's long-haul trucking tale Big Rig (USA); Eva Mulvad's profile of Afghanistan's first elected female politician in Enemies Of Happiness (Denmark); Shimon Dotan's account of Palestinian prisoners in Hothouse (USA); Doris Dorrie's tale of a Zen chef in How To Cook Your Life (Germany); and : Michael Loeken and Ulrike Franke's appraisal of the East and West German economies in Losers And Winners (Germany).
Also screening are: Almudena Carracedo's account of Latina garment workers in Made In LA (USA-Spain); Weijun Chen's tale of local Chinese democracy in action in Please Vote For Me (China); Bill Haney's Haitian slavery story The Price Of Sugar (USA); Alex Gibney's exploration of torture and the war on terror in Taxi To The Dark Side (Israel); and Esther Robinson's investigation into the disappearance
of her uncle in A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams And The Warhol Factory (USA).
The Sterling Award Feature carries a $25,000 cash and in-kind prize including $5,000 in film product from Kodak.
Festival top brass will confer three new annual awards. The Cinematic Vision Award will go to a feature and a short that exhibit excellence and innovation in visual storytelling and presents two $2,500 prizes.
The Witness Award will go to a theatrical documentary about human rights violations or social justice issues and carries a $5,000 prize.
The Silverdocs/American Film Market Award will be presented to a film of exceptional promise in the marketplace and will include passes to the AFM, as well as airfare, five nights stay in a hotel, pre-arranged meetings with potential partners, valued at $5,000 prize.
This year festival organisers have programmed a new strand of documentaries exploring religion and faith called Beyond Belief. A prize will go to the film adjudged to be the best in the category.
Festival organisers will again present a special award to the best film in the Music Documentary section, which carries a $2,500 prize and includes A J Schnack's Kurt Cobain About A Son (USA) and Weamm Williams' Hip Hop Revolution (South Africa).
Returning awards are the $5,000 Sterling Award for best short, and the
Silverdocs and ACE/Animal Content in Entertainment $10,000 development
For more information visit the official website at www.SILVERDOCS.com.