MOTLEY’S LAW and A STRANGE LOVE AFFAIR WITH EGO Win AWFJ EDA Awards @ IDFA 2015

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AWFJ was on hand to present EDA Awards to two outstanding documentaries at IDFA 2015’s awards ceremony on November 25, 2015, before a full house of filmmakers and documentary industry honchos at Amsterdam’s Melkweg’s Rabozaal. Read more>>

Danish filmmaker Nicole Nielsen Horanyi received the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film for Motley’s Law, a gripping and inspiring profile of the life and career of Kimberley Motley, former beauty queen turned litigator and the only American allowed to practice in Afghanistan’s courts.

Jennifer Merin presents Nicole Nielsen Horanyi with EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary for MOTLEY'S LAW at IDFA 2015
Jennifer Merin presents Nicole Nielsen Horanyi with EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary for MOTLEY’S LAW at IDFA 2015

Dutch filmmaker Ester Gould won an EDA Award Special Mention for A Strange Love Affair With Ego, her personal cinematic quest to understand her beloved older sister and the fragility inherent in all human beings.

Ester Gould accepts AWFJ EDA Award Special Mention for A STRANGE LOVE AFFAIR WITH EGO at IDFA 2015
Ester Gould accepts AWFJ EDA Award Special Mention for A STRANGE LOVE AFFAIR WITH EGO at IDFA 2015

For additional information about AWFJ EDA Awards @ IDFA 2015, including more about the list of ten nominated films, AWFJ’s panel of jurors and IDFA, please click here.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Read Merin's recent articles below. For her complete archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).