Johnny Cash and Yemen uprisings documentaries win EdinDocs 2012 awards
Awards were given to My Father and The Man in Black and Karama Has No Walls
Every year, EdinDocs showcases the best in independent documentary film-making. Over the past three years it has brought a number of highly-rated new films to Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema, and this year was no exception. From the 20 films shown over the weekend, the judges chose only two for its ‘Best Short’ and ‘Best Feature’ awards.
The Best Short award winner was Karama Has No Walls, from Scottish director Sara Ishaq. With the help of the Scottish Documentary Institute, it tells the story of Yemen’s recent uprising and the damaging human effects it had on the residents. The film is a statement about the human cost of political tyranny and has been put together from first-hand recordings by the people who were there.
The Best Feature award went to My Father and The Man in Black which is about the relationship between Johnny Cash, his manager, Saul Holiff, and Holiff's son, Jonathan (the director). The film is made using never-before-seen archive footage and recordings, along with faithful reconstructions. It’s a film as much about reconciliation between Cash’s manager and his son as Cash himself, and The Man is more of a backdrop to the struggle of the director and his father.
EdinDocs took place at Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, from Fri 19-Sun 21 Oct 2012.