C(us)todians secures fifth edition of Healthy Workplaces Film Award in Leipzig
News release - Nov 07, 2013
Aly Muritiba's C(us)todians was announced the winner of the 2013 Healthy Workplaces Film Award at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig). This is the fifth time the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) awards a film prize for the best work-related documentary.
C(us)todians, by Brazilian Filmmaker Aly Muritiba, depicts daily life in a Brazilian prison from the guards' point of view, portraying a challenging working environment and fostering discussion on psychosocial risks in the workplace, the theme of EU-OSHA’s next Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-2015.
Awarding the film, the jury said: “Hazardous, unpredictable, stressful and uncertain, the filmmaker is so close to the characters that he provides a real sense of belonging, an insider view of the struggle to manage a challenging and potentially explosive work environment. Underfunded, under-resourced and over-worked, the caretakers and custodians are constantly fire-fighting. As the film unfolds through its strong observation, unique access to its characters, distressing sounds and a colour palette to match the shades of grey inside the prison, the main protagonist becomes our guiding 'Guardian Angel'.”
The film award was established in 2009 to promote the importance of workplace health and safety across Europe by challenging and encouraging filmmakers to create and showcase documentary films that focus on the human being in a changing world of work.
The eight nominated films, received from filmmakers all over the world, cover a variety of work-related topics to highlight the importance of safety and health in the workplace. These films, from countries as diverse as Italy, Sweden, Israel and Nepal, deal with topics such as migrant workers, working conditions in supermarkets, an inside report into investment banking, and factory workers.
The nominations were selected from more than 2,240 documentaries, from 114 countries, submitted to DOK Leipzig this year, with the winner decided by an international jury which included film and occupational safety and health experts.
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The Healthy Workplaces Film Award honours the best documentary on work-related topics. The award is presented by EU-OSHA at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig).
In addition to the €8,000 prize fund, 1,000 copies of the winning film will be produced in a selection of eight EU languages and distributed across Europe by EU-OSHA.
In 2012 Chico Pereira of Spain received the award for his film, Pablo’s Winter, about a retired miner. The 2011 award was presented to German director Carmen Losmann for her film Work Hard Play Hard, an exploration of modern theories of work organisation and management. The 2010 prize winner was Czech director Tomas Kudrna for his film All that Glitters about working conditions in a goldmine in Kyrgyzstan. The first edition in 2009 was presented to Dutch director Ton Van Zantvoort for A Blooming Business which shows the painful working conditions in a globalised flower industry.