The documentary winners at Sundance 2020

March 3, 2020

As we always do, here at Guidedoc we follow the festivals where documentaries shine and are launched all over the world. This time we take a look at the winners in the documentary sections of the “mecca” of independent cinema in the United States: The 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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Time by Garrett Bradley (Directing Award)


Garret Bradley, a director already known at Sundance after having won the award for best short film in a past edition, now brings a powerful story about a black woman and her wait of more than twenty years while her husband was serving his sentence in a United States jail.

Much of the material used was based on home video recording and the cell phone videos the woman sent to her husband during his imprisonment.


Crimp Camp by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (U.S. Audience Award Documentary)


Through incredible archival footage, this film reconstructs the history of a camp nearby Woodstock, in the 70s, created by and for people with disabilities.

The filmmakers make visible the consequences of those days of freshness and utopia that inspired many activist who managed to change US legislation in favor of the disabled.


The Reason I Jump by Jerry Rothwell (Audience Award World Cinema Documentary)


This life-changing documentary is a monumental essay on autism told through four couples of parents of young autistic adults in various parts of the world.

The audiovisual sensory proposal of director Jerry Rothwell is complemented by the scattered texts that the autistic author Naoki Higashida wrote at age thirteen in a book from which the film takes its name.


The Earth Is Blue as an Orange by Iryna Tsilyk (Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary)


The great achievement of this film is visible when a fiction is sculpted within a documentary.

We are in present-day Ukraine, in the middle of a conflict zone. The director Iryna Tsilyk's camera follows a single mother and her four children, especially the eldest, a young woman who dreams of being a cinematographer and uses real locations, real props and real soldiers to recreate scenes of pain and war.


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