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Tampere Doc Winners

The 42nd Tampere International Film Festival ended on Sunday in Tampere, Finland. The festival is the only Scandinavian documentary and short film festival on the so called A-list festival list of The International Federation of Film Producers Associations, FIAPF. The festival is an award festival and these are the documentary winners;

International Competition – Best Documentary: I will Forget this Day/ Iy zabydy etot den, directed by Alina Rudnitskaja (2010). Documentary about a woman who is having an abortion. What are her thoughts minutes before the abortion? Can she forget it and erase it from her memory afterwards?

National competition under 30 minutes – Main Prize: Hypermarket Nation, directed by Paula Korva (2011). Hypermarket Nation tells the story of two brothers who run a small grocery store in Helsinki and the competition they are facing from big supermarkets.

Diploma of Merit: Mothers / Äidit, directed by Elina Hyvärinen, is a poetic short film about giving birth. The film is based on archived footage.

National Competition over 30 minutes – Main Prize: Burden of My Heart, directed by Iris Olsson, Yves Niyongabo (2011). 16 years after the genocide, the survivors in Rwanda are still carrying the burden of living.

Spezial Price: Battle for the City/ Taistelu Turusta, directed by Jouko Aaltonen (2011). The documentary follows present day activist and squatters and deals with the ownership of built space within cities.

Audience Award Reino slippers (Reinokauppa): The Punk Syndrome / Kovasikajuttu, directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi. A documentary about four disabled guys who form a punk-rock band.

More  information about the films is in the  Tampere Film Festival´s program cataloge. The still with this post is a still frame from Burden of My Heart. Trailer for Burden of My Heart can be found here & trailer for The Punk Syndrome here.

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