Mexican film Kings of Nowhere / Los reyes del pueblo que no existe (pictured), the debut feature film by Betzabé García, was the winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 18th edition of the Full Frame documentary film festival. The award was shared with (T)ERRROR by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, marking a first time in the history of the festival, two films shared the top prize, both receiving a cash prize of $10,000.
Kings of Nowhere documents residents of a Mexican village who choose to remain after a flood leaves their homes semi-submerged. The film “represents its characters with dignity and depth, and does so at the highest levels of our craft,” said filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz who presented the award on behalf of the jury.
The Full Frame President’s Award, for best student film was presented to director Alejandro Alonso for the Cuban film The Farewell, which was produced at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television EICTV.
Additionally, The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award was presented to first-time director Jennifer Redfearn for her film Tocando la Luz / Touch the Light, which tells the story of three blind women in Havana, Cuba.
The 18th edition of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival took place April 9-12 in Durham, North Carolina.