2016 Doc Impact Awards Honour Virunga
The five winners of the 2016 Doc Impact Awards have been announced. Together with Virunga, the prestigious accolade was awarded to Chasing Ice, CitizenFour, Food Chains and Miners Shot Down.
The Doc Impact Awards are presented by BRITDOC Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation and Participant Media along with half a dozen other key media organisations. In the words of the organisers: “Since 2011 this annual prize has been celebrating the power of documentary film as a driver of change. Where excellence in filmmaking is just the start, Doc Impact Award films must also have created significant and measurable social impact.”
The award is not only a testament to Virunga‘s accomplishments as a documentary but also illustrative of its greater achievement in facilitating discourse and direct action both on the global stage as well as locally in the DCR Congo with regards to the future of its Virunga National Park.
“Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it.”
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Executive Producer of Virunga
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