Documentary on the death penalty wins Amnesty International DOEN
The English documentary 'Aileen: Life and death of a serial killer'
won the second Amnesty International DOEN Award during the International
Documentary Film festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on 30 November.
This prize was specifically established in 2002 for films addressing
human rights and human dignity. During both the IDFA and the International
Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), an international jury selects the
winner from the ten nominated human rights films.
With their prize, Amnesty International and the DOEN foundation
are striving to draw attention to films on human rights and to enable
these films to reach a broader audience. With the award of €
5,000.00 and distribution of the film in the Netherlands, the two
organisations hope to stimulate and support the film's maker.
Beeld uit 'Aileen:
Life and death
of a serial killer'
The winning film 'Aileen: Life and death of a serial killer' was
made by Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill. This English documentary
is an indictment against the death penalty based on the story of
an American street prostitute, Aileen Wuornos, who killed seven
people. She was executed in October 2002. The jury report states
that the film exposes in a subtle and multi-layered way the systematic
violation of the human rights of a person in a state that presents
itself as the defender of democracy, freedom and human rights.
The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, a documentary about the kidnapping
of the Columbian presidential candidate of that name, received special
A selection of the twenty films from the two festivals can be seen
at Amnesty International's coming Human Rights Film Festival in
Amsterdam. A special Amnesty film day will also be held during the
International Film Festival in Rotterdam on 28 January.
Marrigje de Bok