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Susan Sarandon and Gael Garcia Bernal to Serve on Puma Impact Award Jury

Susan Sarandon

"Bully" and "The Act of Killing" are among the documentaries competing for the prize, which will be announced Nov. 13.

Susan Sarandon and Gael Garcia Bernal are among the jury members who will decide the 2013 Puma Impact Award, which will be announced at the Puma Impact Award Celebration on Nov. 13 in New York City. The jury also includes Ricken Patel, founding president and executive director of the online site Avaaz; Eric Matthew Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation; and Zadie Smith, author of On Beauty.  

The prize, worth €50,000, will be awarded to the filmmakers responsible for the documentary film “has made the most significant positive impact on society or the environment [this] year.”

The 2013 finalists are: The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, co-directed by Anonymous and Christine Cynn and produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen, which looks at the death squads responsible for genocide in Indonesia; Bully (USA, 2011), directed by Lee Hirsch and produced by Cynthia Lowen, which investigates high school bullying; Give Up Tomorrow, directed by Michael Collins and produced by Marty Syjuco, which exposes corruption within the Philippines’ judicial system; The Interrupters, directed by Steve James, produced by Alex Kotlowitz and co-produced by Zak Piper, which tells the story of volunteers trying to prevent violence in Chicago; and The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, which documents rape within the U.S. military.

"The 2013 finalists are the best examples of documentary film as a catalyst for change. These films explore issues critical to all of us and represent true excellence in the field, both in terms of their approach to artistry and global consciousness. These works are creating fast, tangible impact in areas that are enormously challenging, sensitive and controversial. We are dedicated to long term support the work of these kind of innovative artists and cinematic journalists together with Britdoc,” Justin DeKoszmovszky, Puma global sustainability strategy manager, said.

The PUMA Impact Award is one of three awards made possible through a partnership between Puma and Britdoc, the British not-for-profit, which has co-funded 165 documentaries since its founding in 2005.

The awards ceremony will be held at the The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street in New York.