The top doc fest in the world is probably the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which launched in 1988 and is now an annual 11-day event boasting more than 200 non-fiction titles. The 20th edition wrapped up over the weekend, and the main competition prize went to Stranded -- the story of the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes Mountains in 1972.

Directed by Gonzalo Arijon, the doc interviews all of the survivors for the first time, though their story has previously been dramatized in movies like Alive. It's screening at Sundance next month, and my curiosity is piqued. Exactly how much cannibalism was there? (Come on, you know you want to know, too.)

The jury gave a special prize to Kim Longinotto for her film Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, about a school for children with disabilities. Longinotto's "remarkably disciplined aestheticism" was singled out for praise.

The next highest award, the Silver Wolf, went to Tamar Yarom's To See If I'm Smiling (aka No Place for a Lady), about women serving in the Israeli military. It also won the audience award, garnering more of the 32,000 votes cast than any other film in competition.

Robert Nugent's End of the Rainbow, about a gold mine in Guinea operated by local workers, won the First Appearance Award. For more details on the prizes and who won them, visit the IDFA's site.
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