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Winners at FIFO 2011

Le Festival Internationale du Film Documentaire Oceanien (FIFO) held its closing bash on Friday night, passing out the gongs as is its wont. Kiwis again featured strongly on the podium, albeit without taking home the Grand Prix as they have done in recent years.

Fifteen films played in competition, with a further 22 films screening out of competition. The Grand Prix winner, taking away an impressive trophy and 500,000 XPF (NZ$7,400), was Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s Contact. The film revisits a mid-1960s event of Australian authorities removing an aboriginal tribe from its land, as told by one of the tribe members who was 17 when the events took place.

Of the three Special Jury Awards, all valued at 300,000 XPF (NZ$4,430), two came from here: Juliette Veber’s Trouble Is My Business and the Burstyn’s This Way of Life.

The other Jury Prize went to Australian Robert Bygott’s Kuru: the Science and the Sorcery, dealing with the work of Nobel Prize winners Michael Alpers and Carleton Gadjusek and place where science and superstition cross with fatal consequences in the battle against mad cow disease.

Dominique Agniel’s Lucien Kimitete: A Man of the People won the Audience Award for favourite film. The film deals with the life, death and legacy of Marquesa politician Lucien Kimitete.

The ten-member jury came from mostly from around the Pacific, with a couple of Europeans thrown in. The NZ jury member was Maori Television’s Carol Hirschfeld, who gave an

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