The Awards ceremony at Silverdocs 2009 just ended, and we have your winners. “Old Partner,” a movie about a Korean man and the ox he’s owned for 40 years, took home the Cinematic Vision Award.
The WGA Documentary Screenplay Award, meanwhile, went to “Off and Running,” a story about the tribulations faced by a black teenage girl adopted by a pair of lesbians.
The Witness Award went to “Good Fortune,” a documentary about the questionable effects Western aid have had on the developing world.
The Music Documentary Award was given to “Riseup,” which told the story of the of music on the Jamaican heritage. A honorable mention went to “Soul Power,” a concert film assembled from vintage footage shot at a three-day festival that took place before Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s fight in Zaire, the Rumble in the Jungle.
The Sterling Short Award went to “12 Notes Down,” about a member of a boy’s choir whose puberty-inspired voice change forces him out of the choir. An honorable mention went to “Salt,” a short about one man’s trip into the Australian salt flats.
The Sterling World Feature went to “Mugabe and the White African,” a stirring look at the oppressive Mugabe regime’s efforts to evict a white farmer and his family from their land.
And, finally, the Sterling U.S. Feature went to “October Country,” the story of a working class family dealing with poverty and the legacy of war-time experiences.
The audience award will be announced Sunday night.