The Latino documentary films América and Music When the Light Go Out were awarded at the 25th edition of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling.
América by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, was the winner of the Illuminate Award, which explores the screen chemistry between vibrant storytelling and innovative filmmaking inspired by science. The film is a charming Mexican adventure about three mismatched brothers and their 93-year-old grandmother in a film about family ties, which will evoke both laughter and tears.
The Brazilian film Music When the Light Go Out / Música para Quando as Luzes se Apagam by Ismael Caneppele was presented with the Art Doc Award. Set in a small town in Brazil, where pristine nature meets growing urbanity, the documentary tells the story of Emelyn, a teenager with an androgynous appearance. When a woman director—both foreign and close, perhaps like a feminine alter ego of the filmmaker, arrives in town and starts to turn her life into fiction, Emelyn becomes Bernardo.
Additionally conceptual artist Jill Magid's The Proposal—about the own artist's grappling with the contested legacy of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect—received a Special Mention in the New Talent competition. The 25th edition of the Sheffield Doc/Fest took place June 7-12.