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Immigrant Stories Win Sundance Honors

Immigrant Stories Win Sundance Honors

Two films examining immigrant life in America, the Hispanic teen drama, "Quinceanera," and the Sudanese refugee documentary, "God Grew Tired of Us," won top honors Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival reports AP.

"Quinceanera," and "God Grew Tired of Us," won the best drama and documentary awards, respectively, from both Sundance juries and audiences, marking the first time that has ever occurred.

"It's never happened before," festival director Geoffrey Gilmore said. "It's happend in one category, but never in both. Certainly, it says something about the nature of the films. Films with popular votes tend to work on an emotional level. Films that are given awards by juries tend to work on a critical and aesthetic level. The fact that it's both is to the films' credit."

"God Grew Tired of Us" tells of Sudanese boys who were taken from their homes in a civil war and marched across a desert to refugee camps. Director Quinn documents them forming a community, and he shows three of them emigrating to the U.S. and blending their culture into life in America.

"Quinceanera" offers insight into Hispanic families through the eyes of teenagers living in Los Angeles, and directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer said they hoped the movie could shed light on Hispanic traditions that are dying in modern U.S. cities.

The documentary, "Iraq in Fragments," earned three Sundance prizes -- more than any other film -- by giving audiences a picture of the Iraq war from the points of view of people living in three disparate regions of that country reports Reuters.

James Longley won Sundance awards for directing and cinematography for "Iraq In Fragments," and he, Billy McMillin and Fiona Otway won for best documentary editing.

Another immigrant story, the Mexican film "De Nadie," won the audience award for world-cinema documentary. Directed by Tin Dirdamal, the film traces a Central American woman's 1,300-mile journey north in search of a new life in the United States.

The World Cinema Jury Prize for a dramatic film went to ``13 Tzameti,'' written and directed by Gela Babluani.














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