At this 12 months’s Sundance Film Festival tales of resilience had been met with acclaim, as had been works via feminine administrators and writers.
Desiree Akhavan’s movie “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” a couple of younger girl despatched to a homosexual conversion treatment camp, received the Grand Jury Prize within the U.S. dramatic festival. The movie’s celebrity, Chloë Grace Moretz, devoted the award to survivors of the discredited follow. “We want this movie to shine a light that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 states of this county to practice sexual conversation therapy,” she mentioned in her acceptance speech.
Because of technical difficulties, Ms. Akhavan’s video acceptance speech used to be no longer broadcast.
Sara Colangelo used to be the recipient of the U.S. Dramatic Directing Prize for her movie “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a remake of the 2014 Israel movie of the similar identify about an educator’s obsession with a talented scholar. Another girl, Iceland’s Isold Uggadottir, received the directing prize on the planet cinema department for her movie “And Breathe Normally.”
The U.S. Documentary Directing prize went to Alexandria Bombach for her movie “On Her Shoulders,” about Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist and sexual-assault survivor who persisted years of captivity by the hands of ISIS in northern Iraq.
Christina Choe received this 12 months’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for “Nancy,” a mental drama a couple of girl who misrepresents herself on the net. Ms. Choe additionally directed the movie.
Other Grand Jury Prize winners come with: Tolga Karaçelik’s movie “Butterflies,” which earned the prize on the planet cinema dramatic festival; “Kailash,” the American documentary about Kailash Satyarthi’s battle in opposition to kid slavery; and its international cinema counterpart, “Of Fathers and Sons,” a documentary concerning the circle of relatives of an Al-Nusra fighter in Syria.
The rite, hosted via the actor Jason Mantzoukas, additionally venerated target market favorites. The U.S. Audience Award for a dramatic movie went to “Burden,” a couple of South Carolina guy, performed via Garrett Hedlund, who left the Ku Klux Klan with the assistance of a black reverend performed via Forest Whitaker. “Burden” is director Andrew Heckler’s first movie. Rudy Valdez’s documentary “The Sentence” received the target market documentary prize for an American movie.
This 12 months’s jury panel used to be significantly inclusive. Among its 24 jurors had been the actresses Jada Pinkett Smith and Octavia Spencer, Shirley Manson of the band Garbage and the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of “Mudbound” Rachel Morrison.