'Cinema Pameer,' 'Welcome to X-World' take top awards at 17th EIDF

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'Cinema Pameer,' 'Welcome to X-World' take top awards at 17th EIDF

Films "Cinema Pameer," left, and "Welcome to X-World" won the Grand Prizes for the Global and Asia division of the main competition category at the 17th EBS International Documentary Festival. [EIDF 2020]

Films "Cinema Pameer," left, and "Welcome to X-World" won the Grand Prizes for the Global and Asia division of the main competition category at the 17th EBS International Documentary Festival. [EIDF 2020]

 
Director Martin von Krogh’s “Cinema Pameer” and director Han Tae-ee’s “Welcome to X-World” were awarded the top honors for the 17th EBS International Documentary Film Festival in the main competition category of Festival Choice, Global and Asia division.  
 
“Cinema Pameer” is about how people in Afghanistan still manage to find hope and follow their dreams even in the midst of the war by going into a theater, while “Welcome to X-World” takes a closer look at Han's relationship with her mother and their journey apartment hunting after living with the mother's father-in-law for almost two decades.  
 
For Special Jury Awards, director Rodrigo Reyes’ “499” and director Kamran Heidari’s “None of Your Business” took the prizes in the Global and Asia division, and Audience Awards went to “How Big is the Galaxy?” and “Daughter of the Light” by directors Ksenia Elyan and Khashem Gyal.  
 
The 17th EIDF was hosted from Aug. 17 to 23 under the slogan “In Docs, Back to the Ordinary.” A total of 69 films from 30 countries were broadcast on the EBS television network and made available on exclusive documentary streaming service D-Box. Offline outdoor screenings scheduled to be held from Aug. 21 to 22 at Ilsan Lake Park in Gyeonggi were canceled due to a surge in daily Covid-19 cases.  
 
BY LEE JAE-LIM   [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr]
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