Four INDEPENDENT LENS Films Receive Awards at Sundance

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On January 28, the Sundance Film Festival announced the 2012 award winners during a ceremony in Park City, Utah. PBS congratulates INDEPENDENT LENS, which had four films receive documentary awards, including the Grand Jury Prize. The winning films, which are confirmed for future broadcast, are:

"The House I Live In" -- recipient of the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. Directed by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, Freakonomics, The Trials of Henry Kissinger), this documentary examines how the war on drugs has functioned primarily like a Jim Crow system, disproportionately incarcerating and impoverishing African Americans. Watch a video interview with the filmmakers.
"The Invisible War" -- recipient of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary. This film, directed by Kirby Dick (Sick, This Film is Not Yet Rated), is about sexual assault against female servicemembers in the U.S. military. See an interview with the filmmakers.
"Detropia" -- recipient of the U.S. Documentary Editing Award. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka), this is the dramatic story of the rapid decline of a once thriving American city, Detroit. Watch an interview with the directors.
"Love Free or Die" -- recipient of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change. Directed by Macky Alston (Family Name, Questioning Faith), this film focuses on Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay partnered person to be consecrated a bishop in the three largest high church traditions of Christendom. Learn more about the film.
All four films were funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), which funds, presents and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable. In addition to these four films, two other ITVS projects were awarded at Sundance.

  • 5 BROKEN CAMERAS won the award for World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary. In this film, a Palestinian journalist chronicles his village’s resistance to a separation barrier being erected on their land and in the process captures his young son’s lens on the world.
  • PUTIN'S KISS received the World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary. In this film from Denmark, 19-year-old Marsha is a model spokesperson in a strongly nationalistic Russian youth movement that aims to protect the country from its enemies.