The Darfur documentary has done it again. Variety has reported that The Devil Came on Horseback, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stein's film about soldier-turned-activist Brian Steidle's experiences in the Sudan, has nabbed another prize. This time, it has won the International Feature prize from the second-annual BritDoc Festival. As previously covered, the doc was a Jury finalist at HotDocs and it won the two filmmakers the Women in Cinema, Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision at SIFF. At Sundance this year, James Rocchi gave the film a solid review, calling it a film that "hurts the heart and stirs the soul," and he got a chance to speak with Steidle and Sundberg about the film, which you can see here.

Beyond that chilling documentary, BritDoc handed out an honorable mention to Andre Paounov for his film, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories -- which, as the title suggests, tackles a community's insect problem, a British feature competition prize to Kim Longinotto's Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, about excluded children and their careers and Jezza Neumann won a MySpace-sponsored audience award for China's Stolen Children. Apparently, the fest had to fight off severe flooding, but trucked on from July 25-27. Hopefully doc filmmaking can do the same and gain more ground despite any flooding challenges.
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