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Winners of 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary


The award-winning list of the 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary - ARMAN Trophy - was announced during a ceremony organized in the presence of many personalities at the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo on Sunday, June 8 2014, in the framework of the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Bernard Yerles, actor and director, succeeded Youssou N’dour for the presidency of the final Jury made up of managers from public televisions from fifteen countries.

Grand Prix - ARMAN Trophy
Scheherazade’s Diary

Lebanon - Catharsis Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy - 80'
Direction: Zeina Daccache

In the Baabda jail in Lebanon, a group of women prisoners organise a theatrical performance which stages their personal paths, covered by life splits. Their questions , their doubts but also the rediscovery of their feminity lead this terribly touching story …

Silver Medal: Rwagasore, Life, Fight, Hope
Burundi - RTNB - 65’
Direction: Justine Bitagoye & Pascal Capitolin

Through an historical and poetic approach, this documentary tells the destiny of Louis Rwagasore who drew the democratic and pacifist lines of the independence of Burundi in 1960. The tragic fate of Louis Rwagasore, murdered in 1961, raised this humanist personality to the rank of a myth and symbolises still today the whole hope of the Burundi nation.

Bronze Medal: The Voice of Peace

Germany - NDR - 90'
Direction: Eric Friedler

Through Abie Nathan’s biography, the story of this crazy dream of « the Voice of Peace ».
A pirated radio station settled on a boat which transmitted from « somewhere in the Mediterranean » and then, from 1973 to 1993, campaigned for the brotherhood of the people in the Near East. Broadcasting this message of « Peace and Love » with the sound of the whole music of this time …

Prix Martine Filippi de la découverte  Mohamed et le pêcheur

Italy - RAI - 54'
Direction: Marco Leopardi

The story of a miracle between two men, whose destinies met each other in the hugeness
of the Mediterranean. One is an immigrant, the other is a fisherman.

The sinking of a boat people leads Mohamed to the limits of death, except he did not meet
Vito who catched on the horizon this fragment of life he will never leave. The tale of both
men and the illustration, through them, of the tragedy of the clandestin immigration
towards the North countries.

The Jury

Belgian actor Bernard Yerlès to direct the work of URTI's International Grand Prix Jury

2014-06-05The Jury of the 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary will be chaired by famous Belgian actor Bernard Yerlès.

He will lead the final Jury of 18 international TV channel representatives coming from 15 countries, that will gather from June 6th to 8th in the framework of the prestigious Monte-Carlo TV Festival to select the winners among 10 finalist documentaries :

More about Bernard Yerlès

Actor trained at INSAS, Bernard Yerlès first worked for theatre in Belgium for 10 years, before his succcess in France where he gets many roles. On television, he has worked with Stephane Clavier, Denis Granier Defferren, Thierry Chabert, Alain Tasma, Philippe Trisboit, Gilles Behat, Christian Faure, Arnaud Selignac, Charlotte Brantroëm... For cinema, he has worked under the direction of Chantal Akerman, Andre Delvaux, Pierre Salvadori, Jaco Van Dormael, Marie-Anne Chazel, Thomas Gillou, Chantal Lauby, Philippe Muyl ...

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The URTI official selection of the 10 finalist documentaries


The preselection Jury of the 33rd edition of the International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary, made up of managers from public television channels of fourteen countries, met in Paris from April 14 to 17, 2014 in order to draw up the official selection of the ten finalist documentaries:

  • Bomb survivors: Fighting an Endless Assault (Yasuhiro Yaku, Ryoei Nagano & Mamoru Ichikawa) NHK (Japan)
  • Camp 14  (Marc Wiese) - WDR (Germany)
  • Frameworks, images of a changing world  (Helen Doyle) - Radio Canada (Canada)
  • Front Row: Orphaned (Joseph Israel Laban) - GMA News TV (The Philippines)
  • Le journal de Schéhérazade (Zeina Daccache) - Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy (Lebanon)
  • Mohamed and the fisherman (Marco Leopardi) - RAÏ (Italy)
  • Rwagasore, Life, Fight, Hope (Justine Bitagoye & Pascal Capitolin) - RTNB (Burundi)
  • Sand Wars (Denis Delestrac) - Télé Québec (Canada)
  • Tango Negro, the African roots of Tango (Dom Pedro) - TV5 Monde (France)
  • The Voice of Peace (Eric Friedler) - NDR (Germany)
These ten finalist programmes will be viewed from June 6 to 8, 2014 by the Final Jury, in the framework of the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. The director and actor Bernard Yerlès will be Youssou N’Dour successor for the Presidency of this Jury.

The prize-giving ceremony of this Grand Prix, awarded with 3,000 Dollars, will take place on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo in presence of many international personalities from the audiovisual world.

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Created in 1949, URTI is the oldest audiovisual organization and the only one with a wholly global perspective. This professional union organizes television and radio programme exchanges, the first international audiovisual Grand Prix, coproductions, training workshops and actions for the promotion of world audiovisual creation.

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