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Documentary on Kailash Satyarthi wins top honour at Sundance Film Festival

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a powerful drama about the real-life controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, came away with the top prize as the Sundance Film Festival, while Kailash, about one man’s crusade to end child slavery, won best US documentary.

hollywood Updated: Jan 28, 2018 11:03 IST
Kailash Satyarthi poses for a portrait to promote the film Kailash, at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival.
Kailash Satyarthi poses for a portrait to promote the film Kailash, at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival.(AP)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a powerful drama about the real-life controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, came away with the top prize as the Sundance Film Festival wrapped Saturday.

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, it delighted and shocked audiences at its world premiere in the Utah mountains with its story of a teenage girl forced into therapy after being caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen.

“On behalf of the entire Cameron Post team we want to dedicate this to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy,” said Moretz.

“We just wanted to make this movie to shine a light onto the fact that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 states in this country to practice sexual conversion therapy.”

Its director Desiree Akhavan had pre-recorded an acceptance speech for the grand jury prize in Sundance’s “US dramatic competition” section but it could not be played on a night beset by technical difficulties.

Kailash, about one man’s crusade to end child slavery, won best US documentary while the US dramatic audience award -- the second prize to the grand jury award -- went to Andrew Heckler’s Burden.

The US documentary directing prize went to Alexandria Bombach for On Her Shoulders, -- a portrait of a Yazidi girl who survived sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamic State group -- while the US documentary audience award went to The Sentence.

Butterflies came away with the grand jury prize for world drama while Of Fathers and Sons, a study of jihadi radicalization in the home, from celebrated Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, won the world cinema documentary competition.

The Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor Robert Redford, is considered a showcase for independent and documentary films, and festival winners often go on to receive critical acclaim and Hollywood awards season glory.

Among the titles from the 2017 edition of the festival picking up trophies at Hollywood’s various ceremonies are Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which played out of competition as a midnight screening.

The dark comedy has four Oscar nominations, including best film, director and screenplay.

Call Me by Your Name, which director Luca Guadagnino took to last year’s Sundance, also has four Oscar nominations, including best picture.

Dee Rees’s Mudbound, picked up by Netflix for a considerable $12.5 million at last year’s festival, has Academy nods for adapted screenplay, supporting actress, cinematography and original song.

“I love really how the entire community here at the festival is curious, adventurous and so eager to engage with one another in the dialogue,” said Sundance Institute executive Keri Putnam.

“But it all starts with the work. It’s the work we see on the screens coming from such fresh, creative and independent perspectives.”

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