39th International URTI Grand Prix for Author's Documentary - The awards


Press release

Wednesday, November 18th 2020

The Jury, made up of managers from public televisions from Belgium, Kosovo, Palestine, Portugal and Romania congratulate the winners of the 39th International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary.


Grand Prix: Decolonisations - France

ARTE France - Direction: Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou

 52 min x 3

Decolonisations tells the story of 150 years of global upheaval: the overthrow of colonial empires by colonised peoples.

Through the fates of famous or anonymous heroes, from Africa or Asia, the series unfolds a powerful and universal story at the origin of the complexity of the contemporary world.

Episode 1: Learning (1858-1926)

Episode 2: Liberation (1927-1954)

Episode 3: The world is ours (1958-2012)




Silver Medal: A necessary story - Greece

Cyclope Productions & ARTE France, Les Films du Tambour de Soie, RTBF, ERT, APIMED - Direction:  Angelos Abazoglou - 55 min x 2

The film is a journey through Greek and Western history from the 1929 crash to today, through the particular prism of economic greed. Rarely seen film footage and unconventional interviews retrace the imprints it leaves on societies and the relations it builds between human beings.





Bronze Medal: Don’t make any noise - Italy

RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana

Direction:  Mario Maellaro & Alessandra Rossi - 48 min

Between 1950 and 1970, an outrageous number of Italian children went to Switzerland as illegal immigrants (15 to 30 thousands circa). All of these illegal children have had tough lives, hidden in the house, without the possibility to go to school, to get out and to play with other children. If someone had found out, the whole family would have been expelled from Switzerland losing their jobs. Every morning before going to work, the parents would tell their children: don't laugh, don't cry, do not make any noise.





Martine Filippi Award for Discovery:

Pungjeong Radio - South Korea

TBC, Taegu Broadcasting Corporation - Direction: Wondal Park - 52 min

A mini FM radio station opens in a Pungjeong village in the mountains. It covers only 1km around the village and the average age of the DJs is 77 and it has only 40 listeners.

“I wanted to show how the elderly residents light up as they learn how to broadcast and how their lives changed. Depression of the elderly has been treated and happiness index of the village has been boosted through the little town radio for 900 days. Most importantly, they now enjoy a new challenge by communicating actively and live together in harmony”.








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