Jai Bhim Comrade wins Best Documentary award
Jai Bhim Comrade, the 198 minute documentary directed by Anand Patwardhan won the Firebird (Best Documentary) award at the 36th Hong Kong international Film Festival.
The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) held over March 21 to April 5, announced this year’s winning films for the SIGNIS Awards, FIPRESCI Prize, and the Firebird Awards for Short Film Competition, Documentary Competition and Young Cinema Competition. The announcement took place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The winners of Documentary Competition Award and Young Cinema Competition will receive a camera kit sponsored by Nikon.
Co-organised with SIGNIS Hong Kong since 2004, the SIGNIS Awards recognise quality films that express social and humanitarian concerns as well as spiritual values.
The Documentary Competition Award is made to documentary filmmakers who address social issues. The Firebird Award was made to Jai Bhim Comrade by Anand Patwardhan. The Jury recognized that "Its subject is compelling but easy to ignore. The film is morally powerful and dignifies the people whose world it reveals. It is lyrical, a musical, a compilation film and a wonderful piece of journalism."
Jai Bhim Comrade a 3 hour documentary by Anand Patwardhan on a tradition of reason that survives the ongoing atrocity of caste in India, had previously won the Ram Bahadur Award for Best Film at Film South Asia in Kathmandu, the Best Film of the Festival Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards, India.