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DOC NYC Fest Announces Audience and Jury Awards; Winners Include 'Informant' & 'Rafea: Solar Mama'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 16, 2012 at 1:48PM

New York's DOC NYC festival, which ran November 8-15, announces its jury and audience award winners. Included are Jamie Meltzer's "Informant," a portrait of radical activist-turned-FBI informant Brandon Darby, and Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief's "Rafea: Solar Mama," with follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer.
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"Rafea: Solar Mama"
"Rafea: Solar Mama"

New York's DOC NYC festival, which ran November 8-15, announces its jury and audience award winners. Included are Jamie Meltzer's "Informant," a portrait of radical activist-turned-FBI informant Brandon Darby, and Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief's "Rafea: Solar Mama," with follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer. Full list below.

Viewfinders Competition: The jury selected from among ten films in this section, chosen by the programmers for their distinct directorial visions.

Grand Jury Prize Winner - Informant, directed by Jamie Meltzer, probes the radical activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby

Special Jury Prize Winner - Rafea: Solar Mama, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer

Metropolis Competition: The jury selected from among seven films in this section, which showcases films that exemplify the diverse range of stories in New York City.

Grand Jury Prize Winner - Radioman, directed by Mary Kerr, is a portrait of the legendary New York movie bit player

Special Jury Prize Winner - Zipper, directed by Amy Nicholson, examines the changing nature of Coney Island

SundanceNOW Audience Award: Features from both competitive sections were eligible for this award, based on audience balloting at the first screening of each film.

Winner - Rafea: Solar Mama, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, follows an illiterate Jordanian woman who becomes a solar panel engineer

Shorts Competition: All films playing in the shorts section, plus the two shorts screening in the Metropolis section, were eligible for this jury prize.

Grand Jury Prize Winner - Flo, directed by Riley Hooper

Special Jury Prize Winners - The Children Next Door, directed by Doug Block, and Julian, directed by Bao Nguyen

This article is related to: Festivals, Documentary, DOC NYC, Documentaries, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.