The best international feature award went to Yael Hersonski’s A Film Unfinished, which examines an unfinished Nazi propaganda film, discovered after World War II, about life in Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto.
The special jury prize for an international feature went to The Oath, Laura Poitras’ portrait of a former bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. As part of the award, the film receives a $5,000 cash prize from Hot Docs.
Toronto filmmaker Shelley Saywell’s In the Name of the Family received the nod for best Canadian feature, the top prize for Canadian films in competition at the fest. The film takes a close look at recent “honor killings,” in which young women were killed by members of their families, and the beliefs behind the events. The jury said the film offered “an intimate take on the challenges of immigration for young people, and generational conflicts that can go terribly wrong.”