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TORONTO – Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her, which won Tribeca’s best feature documentary prize, on Friday night grabbed the best Canadian feature prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival.
The documentary about a clash between modernity and tradition faced by young women in India also earned a $10,000 prize as the Canadian doc festival gets set to wrap on Sunday.
And a special jury prize for Canadian features went to Charles Wilkinson’s Peace Out, a film about resource extraction in western Canada, and its impact on the local environment.
Hot Docs’ best international feature prize went to Call Me Kuchu, by directors Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, an American film about Ugandan activist David Kato’s efforts to fight his country’s anti-homosexuality bill.
The special jury prize for an international feature went to the Israeli film The Law in These Parts, by director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, where lawyers working in the Gaza Strip talk about the impact on international law from the conflict with Israel.
Hot Docs’ HBO Documentary Films emerging artist award was shared by Bill Ross and Turner Ross, directors of Tschoupitoulas, and Benjamin Kahlmeyer for Meanwhile in Mamelodi, a German-South African film.
And the prize for best mid-length documentary went to My Thai Bride, by Australian director David Tucker.
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