7th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival
April 21 - 24, 2011
Doha / Qatar
Aljazeera Special Award / Investigative Journalism
Český mír , Czech Republic, 2010, 52 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Politics, Society
The story of the Star Wars, the Cold War and the War On Terror of one small Czech village. As part of its National Missile Defense Program, the US plan to build a military base in the Czech Republic, a former hiding place for Soviet nuclear rockets during the Cold War. Despite the fact that 73% of Czechs are against the project, the government has continued with negotiations. Supporters of the base claim that it will strengthen the country's defense against the global threats of the 21st century. Opponents point out that the plan essentially shifts the Iron Curtain toward the east; they also insist that it represents an attempt of the US to rule the world.
Child & Family Award
Serbia, 2010, 57 min, Arts and Culture, Personal View, Social Issues
"The Serbian village of Gornji Mateijevac has all the prerequisites for a normal life: electricity, running water, sewage, paved roads, a school, and Internet." Forty-eight-year-old Peca's description sounds almost like an ad, and not without reason, for he sees it as his personal mission to get himself and the more than 200 other bachelors in his village hitched. He cheerfully pulls out all the stops to get his friends ready for their big day. Not an easy task, as the fortysomethings are shy and awkward, and they have no idea how to present themselves.