'Sweet Drifting' wins at RIDM doc fest

'Last Train Home,' 'Sound of Insects' also pick up prizes

TORONTO -- Pedro Ruiz' "The Sweet Drifting of a Child From Petit-Goave," a
portrait of the Haitian-born Quebec writer Dany Laferriere, picked up the audience award at the RIDM Quebec International Documentary Film Festival on Nov. 21.

The Canadian festival also gave Swiss filmmaker Peter Liechti's "The Sound of Insects -- Record of a Mummy" the juried Camera Stylo trophy.

Liechti's film about a hunter coming upon a mummified corpse in an insect-laden forest, which bowed at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, last month won the European Documentary Film Awards' Prix ARTE prize for best documentary.

Other RIDM festival winners include the Israeli documentary "Defamation" by Yoav Shamir picking up the juried Camera at the Ready award, while Dutch filmmaker Renzo Martens earned the Doc Tape Award for "Episode III - Enjoy Poverty," an investigation into how the western media merchandizes African poverty.

And the Canadian Chinese-language doc "Last Train Home" by director Lixin Fan, which opened the RIDM festival on Nov. 11 with a world premiere, won the inaugural Cinematheque Quebecoise award for best Quebec film.