The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, an international organization of leading professionals, was honored to recognize POV’s exemplary support of female filmmakers by presenting EDA Awards marking POV’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective, curated by the Museum of Modern Art.
Fourteen female-directed films in the retrospective were our shortlist. They were inspiring, and presented us with a huge challenge – because they all deserve awards.
To recognize POV’s longevity, influence and extraordinary scope our AWFJ jury members – Sara Voorhees from KOB-TV in Alburquerque, the Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Leba Hertz, Susan Wlozczycna of USA Today and I from Documentaries At About.com — decided to present THREE EDA Awards.
First an EDA Special Mention was awarded to Deborah Hoffman for COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER. Aired in 1994, it is an autobiographical documentary in which Hoffman explores her relationship with her mother, who has Alzheimer’s. (Deborah isn’t here. Cynthia Lopez please accept on her behalf.
Next, the EDA for Documentary Impact goes to Pamela Yates for GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR. The film, based on decades of work, aired on POV last year. This year it was used as evidence in the trial against Guatemala’s vicious dictator Efrain Rios Montt for Crimes Against Humanity. We commended Pamela Yates for making a film that has actually changed the course of history.
Last but not least, our EDA for Best Female-Directed Film goes to Heather Courtney for WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, which aired in 2011. It is the heartbreaking chronicle of young soldiers from America’s heartland who’ve been traumatized on the battlefields of Afghanistan. We commended Heather Courtney for making a film that illuminates the impact of war on the young citizens who fight in their country’s name.
AWFJ extends congradulations to POV on the launch of season 26, and to all the AWFJ EDA Award winners.