The Algerian film “Bloody Bean”, Narimare Mari’s debut, was the big winner in the CPH: DOC documentary film festival in Denmark, from November 7 to 17. The choice was surprising for the film-maker herself, as she hardly believed the film was correctly chosen to even enter the competition. “My film really plays with the concept of reality: about the perception that we have of what is real information or not”. In a hybrid between documentary film and drama, testing the limits of reality (as it often happens in European documentary film), a group of children plays recreating the history of Algeria. “I was happy because the people of Copenhagen could discover the history of Algeria”, Mari added.
An honorable mention was given to “Stop the Pounding Heart” of Roberto Minervini, the F:ACT award was given to Richard Rowley’s “Dirty Wars”, and the New: Vision distinction was given to Ben Rivers and Ben Russel’s Spell to Ward off the Darkness”. One last note for “Everyday Rebellion, a film by Armand & Arash Riahi, that had its world premiere on the festival and received the public choice award.